Posts Tagged ‘midcentury modern’

“Coast Modern” – film screenings in Vancouver this week

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

This film has been very difficult to see, consistently selling out (I saw scalpers at the last showing). The Vancouver International Film Fest is hosting this new set of screenings, based on the popular demand. Tickets are selling quickly so if you want to go, buy now.

This film needs to be seen on the big screen.

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Unknown wooden chair

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

Can anyone identify this chair? Years ago, thinking I would ask a furniture making friend to reproduce it, I took its measurements but then did nothing with them. I’m passing them along in case anyone else would like to try. The chair is extremely sturdy, with no creaking or movement even though I bought it for $20 from a junkyard where it had sat semi-outdoors through a wet Vancouver winter as the “smoking chair”—that’s how the salesman described it, as in: “you’re taking away our smoking chair.” There are many low, armless, midcentury modern wooden chairs in existence but I like this one more than most.

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Wallander

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Wallander, the Swedish detective of Swedish books, TV and film, has now appeared in a BBC remake starring Kenneth Branagh. Shot in Sweden, the BBC remake has a Bergman-like mute bleakness despite the attractive minimalism of (most of) the interiors. The police station is  midcentury modern—are there really such police stations in small town Sweden?

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Midcentury modern hospital: House MD

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

My sister, an emergency pediatric doctor, can’t watch House M.D. because she says the medicine is either wrong or stupidly farfetched, and I feel the same way about the decor. What is all that pricey midcentury modern design doing in a hospital? Wouldn’t those little Eileen Gray side tables in the corridor be stolen in about five minutes?

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The Brick House

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Often the “before” shot is better than the “after,” but not here. Above is a nice use of nearly black paint on an old plaster wall in this Hemet, California midcentury cinderblock house. Via the blog The Brick House. Read the entertaining FAQ, in which the homeowners talk about buying nothing for more than $100 (except the house of course).

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Rain chains or kusari toi

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Kusari toi (sometimes translitered “doi”)—the Japanese characters are 鎖樋 which translates literally as “chain gutters”—are known in English as rain chains. They are used in Japan as downspouts to direct rain from a gutter to the ground, where it either flows into a gravel or pebble bed or into some sort of catchment.

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