Architecture Preservation 

Googie and neon sign preservation and museums

One of our favorite mid-century things are Googie signs. There are plenty of photos out there, but one thing is certain and it’s that they’re a dying breed and ripe for preservation efforts. In case you’re not familiar with the term, “Googie” architecture, approximately from 1950-1970, is a futuristic or ultramodern derivative of art moderne and International Style architecture, originating in California in the late 1940s. While using the materials and design vocabulary of other contemporary styles, its jaunty forms and bold streamlining evoked a highly optimistic aspiration to an…

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February and Mid-century around the web

Every once in a while we like to just surf the web and see what’s happening in other Mid-Century News… Irving Harper book release Collectors Weekly has a really cool article about Irving Harper, the uncredited inventor of the Marshmallow Sofa and Sunburst Clock who made waves with his wild, whimsical paper sculptures of animals, masks, and Cubist abstractions. Now, an upcoming coffee-table book lets anyone tour his home and his private collection of handmade art. We’ve got the story of how Harper bolstered George Nelson and Herman Miller furniture—plus…

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