Cabana Bay Resort Now Open: Stay a Night in the Atomic Age

When it comes to modern design, there’s always the architectural, understated mid-century modern look that is pulled off beautifully by establishments like the Lautner Hotel in Palm Springs. And then there’s fabulous, atomic ’50s decor that dazzles you in all its kitschy glory. That’s the way Universal Studios decided to go when they designed their new Cabana Bay Resort in Orlando FL. If you’re going to go there, then go all the way. And boy did they go all the way, with vivid tertiary colors, starbursts, boomerangs, and designer furniture at every turn.

So if modernist minimalism is getting a little tired, take a trip to the other side of mid-century modern and enjoy a few nights in the space age. ‘Preview rates’ are as low as $97 per night if you book before June 14th. Check it out on the Universal Studios Orlando website.



Happy Birthday to Richard Neutra

Today we’d like to celebrate the birthday of one of the forefathers of mid-century modern design. Architecture was forever changed when Richard Neutra brought his education in European “International Style” and applied it to Southern California’s desert landscape. As we enjoy these photos of his timeless work, we’d just like to say, “Happy Birthday, Richard Neutra! We’ll never forget you.”

Lovell House – Los Feliz, CA – 1927

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Photos courtesy of Wikiarquitectura.

Miller House – Palm Springs, CA – 1937


Kaufmann House – Palm Springs, CA – 1946


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Photos by Julius Shulman.

The Singleton House – Bel Air – 1959

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Photos courtesy of Angeleno Living.

Pitcairn Home - Bryn Athyn, PA – 1962

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Photos courtesy of Inhabitat.

Inspire Me Monday: An Eichler Renovation Story

Renovating the work of a mid-century master is every architect’s dream, but sometimes the line between renovation and unnecessary alteration runs thin. When Stephen Shoup of building Lab was faced with the renovation of an Eichler home in San Rafeal CA, he was challenged to restore the home while maintaining its mid-century integrity. This is the result:

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According to building Lab, “As can be said of most Eichlers, this was great house to begin with. By means of the subtle rather than the grand, we strove to re-invigorate the modesty, simplicity and clarity of the original design.”

We think they did just that, with the addition of a five-foot-tall slatted fence to define the front courtyard and a large picture window in the dining room. The result was an impressive view from almost every room in the home.

You can read more about the project on Dwell.

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    Integrating the Elements: See How Landscaping Transformed this Mid-Century Home

Integrating the Elements: See How Landscaping Transformed this Mid-Century Home

Modernist landscape designers like Garrett Eckbo and Dan Kiley showed us how elements of water, stone, and plant-life can be used to seamlessly transform a space for maximum utility and appearance. Landscape architects of today are still using their example, as you can see in this amazing restoration of a mid-century home and its grounds.

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David Young of DWY Landscape Architects rebuilt this landscape from the ground up, using its existing structure and shapes to create an atmosphere that is both breathtaking and utilitarian in its simplicity. Get all the details on

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    Tomorrow: Opening Ceremony for Grant Mudford, Building by the Julius Shulman Institute

Tomorrow: Opening Ceremony for Grant Mudford, Building by the Julius Shulman Institute

Grant Mudford is the 2014 recipient of the Julius Shulman Institute Excellence in Photography Award, which will be presented at an opening and awards ceremony tomorrow night, Thursday, April 3. The public reception will commence a three-week-long exhibition that celebrates the Australian’s illustrious photography career.

According to the Institute, “Grant Mudford deconstructs the elemental components of architecture, transforming the rebar, concrete and stucco of ordinary building sites into poignant statements about frailty and strength.”

The ceremony and exhibition will be held at the WUHO Gallery in Los Angeles at 6pm. See a sneak peek of the work below., and find out more on the Institute website.

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