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by googieagog
Sat Feb 02, 2008 10:35 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Single vs double pane windows, real life pros and cons
Replies: 51
Views: 5661

These comments about privacy and security are interesting. In the west, walled/fenced yards are standard. Here in the midwest, especially in midcentury neighborhoods, they're rare and in many cases prohibited. Privacy originally wasn't a problem on my block thanks to lot size and setbacks. Kids used...
by googieagog
Sat Feb 02, 2008 10:03 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: New Krisel Homes?
Replies: 12
Views: 2079

Anyhow, as you can see, I was miffed that what were once middle-class vacation homes are now million dollar custom affairs for the rich. Don't blame that on PS or P&Ks -- in our neo-Guilded Age, you can say the same thing for just about every decent house. Not to mention cars, gas, food, medica...
by googieagog
Sat Feb 02, 2008 9:52 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Jens Quistgaard, 1919-2008
Replies: 6
Views: 646

A real talent with real impact on good design for the people -- up there with Russell Wright and Paul McCobb.
by googieagog
Sat Feb 02, 2008 9:45 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Crowded?
Replies: 131
Views: 10244

I don't mind the "showroom" effect at all -- the furniture IS the art, and this is the perfect house for that look. I also like the wood sculpture, it's right for that space. The painting almost works (on the wall, not the buffet) but larger would work better. Or, as already noted height o...
by googieagog
Fri Feb 01, 2008 8:41 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Single vs double pane windows, real life pros and cons
Replies: 51
Views: 5661

When we redo the windows, there will be a lip that acts as a stop on the outside, but I want the removable, nailed in stop will be on the inside so we have a continuous board to the exterior. Is that not normal? It's not typical for mass-produced residential windows for the reason you stated -- A b...
by googieagog
Fri Feb 01, 2008 8:16 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Crowded?
Replies: 131
Views: 10244

I've also had a floor lamp there that was a single arm Sarffati style but it seemed like overkill with all the built in lighting. I've also had an Eames screen bunched up in the spot for a time but that looked off too. Then how about one of those column-shaped copper sculptures by Hugh Acton? He's ...
by googieagog
Fri Feb 01, 2008 7:47 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Single vs double pane windows, real life pros and cons
Replies: 51
Views: 5661

[quote="deagna"] We'd install the insulated glass with a stop on the inside rather than points and glazing which is a burglar's dream. [quote] All windows I've ever worked on have an outward-facing lip against which the pane rests -- essentially the same thing as a stop. Points and glazing...
by googieagog
Thu Jan 31, 2008 2:16 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Crowded?
Replies: 131
Views: 10244

I was half kidding about the Weinberg -- I like em, but they're a bit wacky. Some of them are backlit, which would brighten the brick. As for drilling holes to hang art, I've seen no-drill hangers with spring clips that grip the face of a brick. Instead of the Tugendhat chair, how about a floor lamp...
by googieagog
Thu Jan 31, 2008 1:41 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Crowded?
Replies: 131
Views: 10244

Your place looks fantastic. We still need to get over there and see it in person. Floors turned out great. As for furnishings, the only things I'd move or delete are the Tugendhat chair and the wall clock -- because of the cord. (Since this is a Nelson house, did it come with at least one of those h...
by googieagog
Thu Jan 31, 2008 1:21 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Striated Plywood - Help
Replies: 25
Views: 2175

This stuff was originally called Weldwood when first developed by Donald Desky in the 1930s. His intent was to disguise the very prominent grain of Douglas fir plywood. The company which first made it held a patent. They stopped making it c. 1970, and another unauthorized firm decided to turn out a ...
by googieagog
Mon Jan 28, 2008 12:41 pm
Forum: Roadside Rambling
Topic: Are There Any New Buildings Built to Look Googie?
Replies: 13
Views: 4024

Here's the 2004 KFC in Palm Springs:

http://ronslog.typepad.com/ronslog/2004/05/kfcaw.html
by googieagog
Sat Jan 26, 2008 7:15 pm
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: "Disappearing" car door !
Replies: 4
Views: 1606

Cool idea. I wonder how rustproof that double floorpan would be -- seems like a good place to trap water. The '54 Kaiser Darrin had really slick disappearing doors that slid into the front fenders. Probably the coolest U.S. factory production 2-seater of the decade. http://www.americansportscars.com...
by googieagog
Thu Jan 24, 2008 7:59 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Real Estate
Topic: Bay City WI $1.5M 1973 lakefront Usonian
Replies: 0
Views: 220

Bay City WI $1.5M 1973 lakefront Usonian

Saw this John Howe house on the savewright chat site:

http://www.minnesotahomes.com/HomeDetai ... archType=0

Way out of my league, but not overpriced for the house, acreage and lake frontage. The masonry work is stunning.
by googieagog
Mon Jan 14, 2008 6:47 am
Forum: Modern Collectibles and Furniture
Topic: ID on "rare?" sputnik?
Replies: 9
Views: 2179

I couldn't open the link, so perhaps this has already been covered ... but I think this was a 50s-60s standard-issue signage item. These used to be fairly common atop laundramats, used car lots, etc. until most of them disappeared 15-20 years ago.
by googieagog
Fri Jan 11, 2008 11:18 am
Forum: Modern Collectibles and Furniture
Topic: Nelson bench original retail price?
Replies: 2
Views: 1296

Thanks, dilettante. You're right, of course -- 4992 it is.
by googieagog
Fri Jan 11, 2008 9:05 am
Forum: Modern Collectibles and Furniture
Topic: Nelson bench original retail price?
Replies: 2
Views: 1296

Nelson bench original retail price?

Anyone have a mid-50s Herman Miller price list handy? I'm trying to find the original retail price of a 92'' Nelson platform bench. The 1952 catalog reprint, alas, has no prices shown ...
by googieagog
Fri Jan 04, 2008 9:11 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Honoring your architect
Replies: 23
Views: 2159

by googieagog
Thu Dec 27, 2007 8:29 am
Forum: Modern Collectibles and Furniture
Topic: Where did you hang your Nelson saucer? (or other shape)
Replies: 4
Views: 2570

One of the biggest considerations is scale. If it doesn't have room to breathe, even the medium saucer could overpower a room. Others have previously noted they should be hung at eye level for maximum enjoyment -- I agree. We used the medium saucer over our dining room table: http://www.flickr.com/p...
by googieagog
Wed Dec 12, 2007 7:28 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Our new atomic front door.... whadaya think 2
Replies: 8
Views: 1149

The flush door is much better. Really cool vintage hardware, especially the escutcheons on the knob and buzzer. I don't think it's overdone in the least. I'm jealous of your sidelight windows. That's quite a shine on the door finish. If the other woodwork in your house isn't quite as shiny, and you ...
by googieagog
Wed Dec 12, 2007 7:02 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Single vs double pane windows, real life pros and cons
Replies: 51
Views: 5661

For what it's worth, double panes are historically accurate as well. The product that came to be known as Thermopane started development in 1930, went on the market in 1937 and was used in buildings throughout the country, especially modern homes. This is from "Your Solar House," a neat li...
by googieagog
Tue Dec 11, 2007 9:39 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Landscaping and views
Replies: 17
Views: 1995

It's true critters can do real damage. I had to devise a raccoon/squirrel catcher on my house's utility pole, to keep them from getting up on the roof & tearing into the soffits. As for the 300-year-old tree, I was editor of the local paper at the time. The lady of the house told our reporter th...
by googieagog
Mon Dec 10, 2007 8:16 am
Forum: BEST OF LOTTA LIVING
Topic: Architects House Themselves - Top 50 PLUS
Replies: 89
Views: 31692

1) Frank Lloyd Wright - Home and Studio - Oak Park Illinois - 1889-1909 http://www.wrightplus.org/homestudio/homestudio.html 2) Frank Lloyd Wright - Taliesin - Spring Green Wisconsin - 1911-1959 http://www.franklloydwright.org/index.cfm?section=tour&action=taliesin 3) Frank Lloyd Wright - Talies...
by googieagog
Mon Dec 10, 2007 8:02 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Landscaping and views
Replies: 17
Views: 1995

Berkeley, CA has the exact opposite ordinance - you can't compel anyone to cut, prune or remove a tree even if it's blocking a million dollar view. Trees turn out more O2 than any plant on the planet. Too bad more towns aren't as enlightened as Berkley. In a Chicago suburb about 10 years back, we h...
by googieagog
Fri Dec 07, 2007 9:56 am
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: Original Rankin/Bass Santa and Rudolph restored!
Replies: 2
Views: 375

How cool, thanks for posting this. Anyone know where the puppets' appearances are scheduled?
by googieagog
Fri Dec 07, 2007 9:35 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Why did modern fall out of favor?
Replies: 18
Views: 1842

Modern should cost less to build than the slap-granite-and-mouldings-on-anything-that-doesn't-move school of design. Mortgages were impossible on purely modern homes in the '30s and '40s but not after. But purely modern homes were never that popular. It's always been that way -- look at how many oth...
by googieagog
Fri Dec 07, 2007 9:23 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: "Midcentury" Gate
Replies: 33
Views: 4166

by googieagog
Fri Dec 07, 2007 9:17 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Our new Fake Lloyd Wright bathroom
Replies: 18
Views: 1783

Cadman, the shower door is a special order Kohler item -- nickel finish with ribbed glass doors. Around here, both Menard's and The Great Indoors carry the line. The top trim piece (header?) is installed "backwards" so the rounded side faces inwards -- flat side out makes it look more vint...
by googieagog
Tue Dec 04, 2007 7:50 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Houses and Homes
Topic: Our new Fake Lloyd Wright bathroom
Replies: 18
Views: 1783

by googieagog
Mon Dec 03, 2007 7:17 am
Forum: BEST OF LOTTA LIVING
Topic: Architects House Themselves - Top 50 PLUS
Replies: 89
Views: 31692

Moderns-r-us -- sadly neither of the Barrington houses are visable from the road, and both are privately owned. Keep an eye on the Chicago Bauhaus & Beyond site http://www.chicagobauhausbeyond.org. I'm sure at some point they'll do another tour there. The USG Research Park is in Palatine, pretty...
by googieagog
Sun Dec 02, 2007 9:59 am
Forum: BEST OF LOTTA LIVING
Topic: Architects House Themselves - Top 50 PLUS
Replies: 89
Views: 31692

1) Frank Lloyd Wright - Home and Studio - Oak Park Illinois - 1889-1909 http://www.wrightplus.org/homestudio/homestudio.html 2) Frank Lloyd Wright - Taliesin - Spring Green Wisconsin - 1911-1959 http://www.franklloydwright.org/index.cfm?section=tour&action=taliesin 3) Frank Lloyd Wright - Talies...

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