Growing up surrounded by antiques, King broke free from his parents’ interior decorating aesthetic in search of his own personal identity. He embraced the sleek lines and simplicity of Danish modernism. “I’d go to the Rescue Mission and Goodwill and buy all I wanted,” King says. “Some of this stuff cost as little as 50 cents.”
At the time, midcentury accessories—the lamps, glassware, and furniture of the 1950s—were relatively inexpensive. “It typically takes 50 years or more before the preservation field seriously considers an architectural style,” notes King. For a young guy on a limited budget, it was a match made in heaven.
Living in an English Cottage Revival home in the neighborhood of Konnoak Hills, King kept his eye on the cozy contemporary around the corner and waited for it to enter the market.
“Even with nothing in it, the house was impressive to me,” King recalls of his first walk-through. “The house is the real artifact here, and it’s a joy to be able to populate it with the things I love.”
Built in 1954, King’s midcentury marvel captures the postwar optimism of the time and the belief that design could improve the lives of ordinary people.