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by designmatters
Fri Oct 21, 2005 7:01 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: I think my new house is some kind of modern, do you?
Replies: 8
Views: 1984

Oh Vey!

I wouldn't classify that house as modern, but perhaps it once was, and it has been renovated into a mish-mash of styles and materials. The layout is unlike any I've seen, are there others like this in the neighborhood, or is your house unique? I doesn't look like a developer's or spec layout, so it ...
by designmatters
Mon Sep 26, 2005 2:31 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Resource "stickies"
Replies: 15
Views: 2082

I have something that might help...

I've been collecting links on here for the past year, form my own personal design reference. I've layed it out like a yellowpages with headings.

It has stores, web retailers, manufacturers, etc. If anyone wants a copy, email me, I'll be glad to share...
by designmatters
Mon Sep 26, 2005 2:17 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Remodeling--what does $100K get you these days?
Replies: 14
Views: 3782

So tough to tell...

These days, cost of materials vary wildly, sometimes month-to-month fluctuations that can affect even small projects. You may not need an architect for much of that work, especially if you're pretty clear about what you want, but one is advisable because he/she can suggest alternatives, especially i...
by designmatters
Thu Aug 18, 2005 6:20 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: I need direction
Replies: 29
Views: 6314

forgot to mention

Sorry to double-post, but...

I forgot to mention that we got these tables at Plummer's in West LA. I'm sure they're available elsewhere locally too.
by designmatters
Thu Aug 18, 2005 6:19 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: I need direction
Replies: 29
Views: 6314

I might have a solution

I had a client who had a simmilar problem... needed to seat lots of people for formal dinners but didn't have room for a full-time large table or storage room for leaves. We went with 2 tables from Skovby (Interesting enough, a Danish company!) http://www.skovby.com/index_uk.html We went with a DC 0...
by designmatters
Tue May 31, 2005 4:41 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Miracle Mile, Calif- 3 Apartments available in MCM building
Replies: 0
Views: 754

Miracle Mile, Calif- 3 Apartments available in MCM building

Hi all, here is the deal: 5511 Olympic Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036 There are currently three units available in this 18 unit building. The building is a 1962 classic modern building which was sadly neglected over the years. A new owner/management group rescued this property last year and immediately...
by designmatters
Tue May 17, 2005 8:34 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Marketplace
Topic: EBAY: For you eBay Addicts
Replies: 21
Views: 3334

I love ebay as much as the next guy, but .... Damn! Did anyone else find it ironic that the 'coffee table' is now composed entirely of coffee table books? All I can say to the jr/miss who posted those pictures is 1) Watch it, you seem to have some of those collector genes yourself 2) One day all tha...
by designmatters
Mon May 02, 2005 7:27 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Copyright and Architecture
Replies: 8
Views: 1252

A few years ago when I was in architecture school, my girlfriend was living in San Diego. She saved a section of the San Diego 'home' section from the paper for when I went down to see her that weekend. It contained an article about a La Jolla couple who so loved Greene & Greene's Gamble House, ...
by designmatters
Mon May 02, 2005 7:12 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Kitchen (& bath) remodeling
Replies: 2
Views: 658

Need more info...

Could you please be more specific? What are you looking for? A designer, a contractor, or the individual craftsmen?

I can possibly help with all three.
by designmatters
Sun May 01, 2005 10:06 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Design themes
Replies: 13
Views: 2144

Yes, themeing each room cam be a good idea that will allow you to keep your collection intact. Personally, I think that the 'contemporary' and 'Japanese Modern' ideas can actually look fresh and are harder to place, and may still be relevant with people's ideas of today's modernism. The Danish moder...
by designmatters
Sun May 01, 2005 9:56 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Modernist house numbers
Replies: 57
Views: 12612

Well, The 'metropolitan' numbers have been installed at the complex, yet the contractor installed them wrong!!! They were supposed to be offset vertically, simmilar to how they appear in the webpage ad, but the worker just screwed them in lined up with one another. Well, he'll just have to do them a...
by designmatters
Fri Apr 08, 2005 10:02 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Modernist house numbers
Replies: 57
Views: 12612

Those second set of numbers I'm personally using on an apartment building renovation that we designed. It's an early 60's modernist building that had been neglected for almost 40 years. As we are re-doing the hallways, we're replacing the off-the-hardware-store-shelf brass numbers with the oval-back...
by designmatters
Thu Mar 31, 2005 7:47 pm
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: Historic Auto Dealerships
Replies: 29
Views: 13808

by designmatters
Thu Mar 31, 2005 7:35 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Hanging ball light
Replies: 20
Views: 5268

As mentioned before, the FADO light from IKEA definately is keeping with a modern home's design. The ball portion looks great, however, the biggest downsides are that the length is not adjustable, and the connector portion seems a little bulky. Perhaps a decent electricial could recess the electrica...
by designmatters
Thu Mar 31, 2005 7:33 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Window Covering ADVISE for MCM home
Replies: 4
Views: 1114

Mechoshade is a great compliment to a MCM home. The shades come in many flat & patterned neutral colors, the mechanisms & profiles are very sleek & unobtrusive. When up, there is a very small box which can be integrated into your home's design. When down, there is a solid 'wall' of fabri...
by designmatters
Fri Mar 11, 2005 10:47 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Changing the look of fireplace
Replies: 54
Views: 12323

There are many things you could do. You can paint it (white or another color), but it will still look like brick, just painted. Bricks are usually out of place in most modern homes, but stone is not uncommon. If you are going to re-face the fireplace, you need to determine if the bricks are actually...
by designmatters
Tue Mar 08, 2005 5:20 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Albuquerque, New Mexico - for sale
Replies: 5
Views: 1571

Hi all, My business partner lives in Albuquerque and worked for Dekker/Perich/Sabatini, the firm founded by the owner/designer of that house. He says it's a great house (as you can plainly see), but that it is near a freeway, which is not considered an amenity in New Mexico like it is in California!
by designmatters
Tue Mar 08, 2005 5:14 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Help, we want to remove a shearwall in our ranch house
Replies: 22
Views: 3829

I think that there are several differences between Chimay's experience and the project that modernvintage has in mind. It's a lot easier to work on a wall when it's on the outside of the house, the foundation is usually pretty accessible and spanning an opening can be accomplished without too much s...
by designmatters
Mon Mar 07, 2005 12:10 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Question about wooden wall paneling
Replies: 28
Views: 7193

Sienna, Great pictures! Since those panels are plain & solid, they're probably just a veneered plywood. You can find plywood veneered in all sorts of wood, or just the veneer itself. It's hard to tell from wide pictures like those exactly what type of wood they are, but perhaps if you took them to a...
by designmatters
Mon Mar 07, 2005 12:02 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Help, we want to remove a shearwall in our ranch house
Replies: 22
Views: 3829

Good Luck! Unfortunately, 'low-cost' and 'remove shear wall' in Southern California don't go together. While anything is technically possible, it usually costs. If you remove that shear wall, you will have to significantly stregthen the roof, and most likely replace the shearwall elsewhere. As you m...
by designmatters
Fri Mar 04, 2005 4:41 pm
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: Gold Line extension (don't hold your breath)
Replies: 41
Views: 19755

Velas, The orange line is the Valley busway. It runs from the red line subway terminus in North Hollywood, along the Chander ROW through NoHo, Sherman Oaks, Valley Glen, skirts by Valley College while transferring to land alongside Oxnard street, hits the Van Nuys civic center, rins along the North ...
by designmatters
Fri Mar 04, 2005 3:22 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: IKEA - mixed feelings
Replies: 98
Views: 34721

Hmmm.... IKEA.....Ok, I currently have several pieces and there are several IKEA pieces that were formerly in my posession. Right now, in the living room, I have a bent wood black leather chair (still looking for the matching ottoman if anyone has ideas), their really cheap floor lamp, and a combina...
by designmatters
Fri Mar 04, 2005 2:59 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Good Designer for a Santa Monica Apartment
Replies: 1
Views: 563

Hi Harris, Can you tell us more about what you want? One would assume modern layout & styling (this being a modern message board and all), but there are many 'sub-styles' and the term 'modern' means something different to each person. Anyways, Design Matters, LLC is a freelance design firm in West L...
by designmatters
Fri Mar 04, 2005 2:47 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: What would it take to return this to original?
Replies: 15
Views: 2176

My two cents

I say leave this house as is- as a warning to others regarding misplaced priorities, lack of neighborliness, and insensitive remodeling. This one is too far gone, it's simply not practical to spend top dollar and attempt to restore it to half the previous size (unless you're rich and have nothing be...
by designmatters
Fri Jul 16, 2004 12:25 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Newbie Needs Help- Restoring Modern Apartment Building
Replies: 3
Views: 1247

Hello, Joe!

Don't worry, what makes this building unique is its modern massing on the exterior, and the angled layouts of its floor and unit plans. As we learn more about the building, we see more of the designer's genius in that no space is wasted, and the units seem much bigger than they actually area. All of...
by designmatters
Wed Jun 30, 2004 10:14 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Newbie Needs Help- Restoring Modern Apartment Building
Replies: 3
Views: 1247

Newbie Needs Help- Restoring Modern Apartment Building

Hello, I'm the designer working on restoring a 1962 18 unit apartment building in the Mid-City/Miracle Mile area of LA. As units become available, they will be brought up to modern standards but their layouts will retain the quirkiness that was built into the building. The halls are drab and will be...
by designmatters
Wed Jun 30, 2004 10:02 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: looking for mid-mod apartment in L.A. area
Replies: 5
Views: 1372

1962 modern building being renovated- will rent soon.

Hi, There is a modern apartment building on Olympic in the Mid-city area (Just south of Park La Brea) which is under new ownership and is undergoing an extensive renovation. The building was neglected by previous owners, but the new owners are committed to restoring the exterior, renovating the lobb...

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