I love mid century modern anything, but I don’t love the price tag that usually comes with vintage pieces! This is a great tutorial on getting that mod look without the dollars - you can use glasses you already have or grab some cheapies from IKEA or similar - and download the template to make your own sparkly stunners. By the way, if you’re as obsessed with those gumball stirrers as I am, you can get the tutorial here!
When you think of tract homes, you think of houses that look the same: the same color scheme, the same style; homes that form two uninteresting walls on either side of a suburban street. That might be the case today, but nearly 60 years ago — at a time when “real” architects wouldn’t touch tract homes — one architect did everything he could to break the monotony. His name is William Krisel, and he’s being honored by a place whose look he helped define — Palm Springs, Calif.
The minute you see Krisel’s homes, you’re taken back to another era. They have distinctive angled roofs, high windows and desert color schemes with pops of rich gold or vibrant blue. They also have lots of glass and elegantly simple lines, a signature of all the houses in the city’s Twin Palms tract neighborhood. One of those homes belongs to Heidi Creighton, and she knows just what she has. She says it’s “a Krisel-designed home, and it would be classified as a Model A-3 sunflap flat-roof tract house.”
In the 1950s, stars including Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Bob Hope shacked up in Palm Springs, California competing to build the best bolthole. From flying saucers to glass walls to piano-shaped pools, see more design feats of mid-century modernism at The Guardian.
Albert Frey, House # 2, Palm Springs, California. Frey built the house in 1964 and lived there until his death in 1998. Photos: Dan Chavkin & ShelMosk.
Frey spent years measuring the movement of the sun and the contours of the rocks before he selected the site for his Modernist home, constructed of a simple steel frame with a roof that follows the slope of the mountain. An enormous boulder juts into the house, forming a partial wall. A bedroom light switch is set into the rock itself. All of the house’s furniture, including a record player, is built in. Source aia.org