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Is it possible to be too cool?

Postby clarksdaleplace » Fri Oct 15, 2010 5:36 am

I make my case:
http://www.contemporist.com/
I do like a lot that I see here and I think people who like MCM design would be drawn to this stuff. But some of the interiors seem just a tad too sterile. I surprised myself when I thought that. But I think there is a warmth to a lot of MCM interiors - I know the masses don't think so, MCMs don't look like a 'house' to them. I think some current architects/designers get latched on to making things as sleek as possible that things come off a little too machined. I know I will get taken to task for saying all this but I find it interesting. That said I would rather exist in any of these spaces than in a McMansion [McM]
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Postby redneckmodern » Fri Oct 15, 2010 6:58 am

hop of over to apartmenttherapy.com for some genuine MCM-hate...where if it's not picked up off the sidewalk and decoupaged with vintage newspapers and placed below a keep-calm-and-carry-on poster, it's not worthy of a place in your home.

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Postby egads » Fri Oct 15, 2010 8:11 am

Well, you have to see this:

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Postby Slim and Gabby » Fri Oct 15, 2010 8:43 am

To paraphrase a Rocky & Bullwinkle cartoon, "If they liked it once, they'll love it twice..." I think a lot of them lose track of reality and in their need to simplify make things stark as opposed to simple: twice as simple leaves NOTHING! Some of those images reminded me of military architecture from the Cold War: wind tunnels, missile silos, ready rooms etc. Perhaps robots would be comfy in these buildings, there's nothing to get in their way.
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Postby Slim and Gabby » Fri Oct 15, 2010 11:22 am

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Wind tunnel at NASA Ames

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The "big board" at the Strategic Air Command 1957

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12" rifle battery (cannon) emplacement Marin Headlands, CA: okay, this one's from the 1930's, but... Wow, now that I'm looking at it with all the overgrowth, it looks Usonian, let's move in!
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Postby clarksdaleplace » Sun Oct 17, 2010 7:15 am

I like the last pic - like Guns of Navarone ---
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Postby Joe » Sun Oct 17, 2010 9:48 am

when I see homes like that, I question whether they fit my definition of Modernism, or is it another style yet to be defined? Kind of a post-post-modern.

we're told Modernism ended in the mid-late '60s, yet we see occasional examples built later and today. But homes like these are usually classified as "modern." Perhaps Modernism should have chosen a different name to avoid the identity problems of contemporary architecture.

I feel these kind of homes damage the legacy of the Modern movement. it feeds the stereotype that Modern living is only attainable for the few, rather than the masses as it was intended.

this style needs to find its own identity, soon.
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Postby CapitalMod » Mon Oct 18, 2010 10:07 am

They pale in comparison to what you see here on LL. But I would take one over a typical McMansion.

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Postby Slim and Gabby » Tue Oct 19, 2010 3:59 pm

Hey Joe, howza'bout neo-Modern?
Just as there was a revival of Classical, or Greco-Roman, they call neo-Classical. Just a thought.
BTW, before it was called Art Deco, it was called modernism, or modernest too! Then ya got Art Nouveau too, new art, modern art! Golly, once his stuff gets old, ya just gotta keep renaming it!
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Postby jakabedy » Tue Oct 19, 2010 7:13 pm

1920s Bungalow Gal turned MCM Maven

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Postby clarksdaleplace » Thu Oct 21, 2010 6:07 am

Tru but there is a dictionary definition of the word 'Renaissance' as well and you can use the word to talk about a rising in general but when you say The Renaissance everyone knows the period being discussed. But when you talk about the Modern era or Modernism people are all over the place as to what you mean.
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Postby clarksdaleplace » Mon Oct 25, 2010 6:56 am

True point. But from what I have gleaned most modern purists seem to put the end of the modern era of Modernism somewhere around 1965 which gives enough distance to make it a true historical era. But many argue that there is a larger more overreaching era of modernism that continues today. Personally I think the McMansion fad marks the height of post-modernism. What we move into from here I think will depend on factors like energy/material/transportation costs. Instead of the McM - and for that matter MCM - open floor plan design we may see design move toward small spaces or compartmental spaces that can be heated and cooled individually provided energy costs go through the roof which is not a given.
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Postby Slim and Gabby » Mon Oct 25, 2010 3:27 pm

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Postby modfan » Wed Oct 27, 2010 8:53 pm

the 'some of this modern stuff is just too sterile' bit.....I see thes RE listings for some ultra pricey modern home in Bel Air usually on Huffington Post/LA section and A LOT of the comments are 'ugh looks like a doctors office waiting room or I could not live there' and then you look at the Eames house it's modern in fact it's made of industrial components but it is not sterile at all, parts of it are fun and even whimsical.


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