Lovers of mid-20th-century modern design have never had so many options. Vintage and new versions of designs that defined the century, from Art Deco to ’80s-style Memphis–often with a focus on Scandinavian aesthetics and 1950s “Atomic Age”–can be found everywhere from e-Bay to trendy High Street stores like CB2. Vintage treasures from gallery-level to quirky bargains abound online. And many of the best designs are still in production today, available from sources that specialize in finding that perfect Prouve dining table or Togo sofa, genuine or “inspired by.” Below you’ll find enough sources to make your modernist dream interior a reality–without a trip to Denmark or a time machine.
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We all love a good mid-century-modern time capsule, but this property in Woodbury, Connecticut has the added retro perk of being an original “deck house.” In the 1960s, the Deck House Co. built more than 20,000 prefabricated mid-century homes, mainly in the northeast. This specific deck house was built in 1966 and features the signature open floorplan, glass walls, and high ceilings. It sits on seven acres and has three bedrooms, two-and-half bathrooms, and 2,000 square feet of space. It’s on the market for just $829,000.
Listing photos courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens
The Bronx‘s Concourse Towers were built in 1963, at the height of the Mid-Century Modern movement. And time seems to have stood still at this two-bedroom apartment on the market for $449,500. The sellers are a prominent architectural historian and a property director, so it’s no wonder they’ve decided to outfit the home with authentic decor like cork flooring, a wood ceiling, and retro furniture everywhere you look.
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With its vaulted ceilings, wood paneling, pink details, and retro rec room, this 1960-built home in Greenwich, Connecticut is the textbook definition of mid-century modern design. In addition to the attractive interiors, the home features a patio and is also set back from the road, which provides privacy and additional outdoor space. Located at 261 Cognewaugh Road in Cos Cob, the three-bedroom, two-bath home is now on the market for $1.125 million.
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At first glance, the backyard of this house looks like an island resort tucked away in the jungle. But it’s actually located just 45 minutes outside NYC in Dobbs Ferry. The mid-century-modern home was built in 1961 by architect Ferdinand Gottlieb (best known for his work on the interior of the original Rizzoli Bookstore on Fifth Avenue) as his personal residence. Now listed for $1,450,000, the four-bedroom home has 12-foot arched glass windows that overlook the Hudson River and the Palisades, as well as a salt-water pool and landscaped patio.
Listing photos courtesy of Houlihan Lawrence
Architect Roy S. Johnson was a disciple of Frank Lloyd Wright who designed many a mid-century home around the Hudson Valley area. One unique example is this rustic, lake-front home in the Westchester town of Bedford, which is now listed for $875,000. The home is located on “Old Wagon Road,” and though we can’t be certain, it seems as though Johnson may have taken inspiration from this locale, as the shape of the house somewhat resembles a covered wagon.
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Known as the Edersheim Residence, this Westchester home was built in 1958, but in the 1980s, owners Maurits and Claire Edersheim asked famed architect Paul Rudolph (who had renovated their Manhattan apartment in 1970) to completely revamp the residence. Rudolph added a new front facade, a trademark sunken living room, skylights, a guest house, indoor and outdoor pools, a covered porch, and much more. According to Galerie, the most recent owners retained all of Rudolph’s modernist details but worked with the Paul Rudolph Foundation on a modernization that made the home nearly net-zero. They’ve now listed the stunner for $5.6 million.
All images by Ren Nickson, courtesy of Sothebys International Realty.
According to the listing, this unique home in the remote upstate town of Canaan, NY was built by “two prominent colleagues of Frank Lloyd Wright,” who employed stonework techniques used at Taliesin West, Usonian design, and a high peaked roof to make this stunning modern house “a paean to nature.” Situated on 17 acres at 121 Top of Dean Hill Road, the property, asking $1.3 million, includes an equally fabulous guest house with a 3.5-car garage, woodland paths, and perennial gardens.
Not only is Moby a singer/songwriter, DJ, photographer, vegan restauranteur, and animal rights activist, but he also has an eye for unique real estate. He formerly owned a whimsical replica castle in LA, and in March he dropped $1.24 million on a midcentury-modern stunner in Pound Ridge to be near his childhood home in Darien, Connecticut. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright-disciple David Henken in 1956, the Westchester home has jaw-dropping mahogany interiors, floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the woods and a quaint garden, and a swimming pool. But after realizing that he’s still spending most of his time on the west coast, he re-listed the property for $1.3 million, according to Curbed. And in true Moby fashion, he took to Instagram to say that he’ll be donating proceeds from the sale to animal rights causes and progressive political candidates.
From May 15-18, the Iconic Houses Network will hold its bi-annual international conference in New Canaan, Connecticut and the surrounding area. This year’s conference, titled “Modernism on the East Coast – Philip Johnson and the Harvard Five,” will highlight the work of the famous five Harvard architects–Philip Johnson, John M. Johansen, Marcel Breuer, Landis Gores, and Eliot Noyes–who “stirred up an experimental modernist movement in the sleepy New England town.” There will be a number of different events, but perhaps most exciting is the slew of tours of modernist icons such as Johnson’s Glass House, Frank Lloyd Wright‘s Usonia community,