|Case study house -- the Stahl house in LA--|
Could you live in a glass house?
Oh, Lord. Mid-century Modern. It was peculiar the first time around (think The Jetsons), and it hasn't improved in the fifty-plus years since. I am the first to espouse a "live and let live" attitude, but please, whoever Design Deity you are out there, don't ever try to foist this trend off on the public again for yet a third iteration forty years down the road.
MAD MEN came along at just the right time and reinforced the growing fervor. I get it that it was important -- ONCE. Designers are now saying there is a trend away from it, and once again, it is becoming old hat. Let's hope so. Fervently.
A derivative of this style has been dogging us for almost ten years now, and thank the good Lord, it looks like PRETTY is finally hitting the main stream again, taking over the road. (Thank you Mario -- and your followers)
|From the Prince of Chintz, this is what PRETTY looks like to me!|
Some of us have never deserted PRETTY while others have flirted with a bastardization of MCM, going for the edgy and the sleek, letting geometry rule, but at the end of the day -- most of MCM in a broad sense is seriously ugly (to me) because it is not homey and cozy or comfortable. PRETTY!
There are a few notable exceptions. These pieces have become classics which mix and blend with just about anything you can throw at them. In fact, a really pretty room can come alive with the juxtaposition of one these pieces thrown into the mix.
(1) My personal MCM favorite is the Eero Saarinen tulip table.
|You may remember that I was having a hemorrhage to own this reproduction version last year.|
Never got it.
Now it is not available.
The quote below is referring to another source,
not for this particular table.