Features

Downtown in Style
As times were a-changing, San Francisco's department stores played a starring role in mid-century fashion design
Scooters are for Riding
Enthusiasts of vintage Vespas and Lambrettas love their style and speed—and affinity with the MCM lifestyle
Latest Flames
10 ways to warm up to the outdoor fireplace for cozy summer nights with a burning glow
Why Do People Love Butterfly Roofs?
Jaunty V-shaped rooflines spread their wings with an aura of magic
The Re-uppers
For many raised 'modern' as children, no other house feels like home today
Life on the Line
When Joe Eichler swayed starry-eyed Los Altos owners with a 'promise' of the national spotlight
Diamonds of the West
How modernist architecture of the mid-century impacted the look, openness and siting of California's big-league ballparks
MCM-friendly Houseplants
Ten ideal indoor plant selections—living art for mid-century moderns
Call of the Canopy
Their magnificent trees attract attention—but it’s the friendships that make Lyons Street so special
Tabletop Theater
Setting a ‘dining stage’ of quiet drama—East Bay ceramicist Jered Nelson and his distinguished handmade modern plating
Swayed by the Shade
Three enterprising artisans who keep the modern spirit alive with authentic replicas of mid-century lampshades
City of Noir
Behind the fog-shrouded mystique—why so many classic mid-century film noirs aimed their cameras toward Baghdad by the Bay
Escape from the Bay
From Boise to Sacramento to Portland—flight paths that lead to modern living without sky-high prices
Razing the Roof
How decades of community building led the Fairglen Eichlers of San Jose to National Register success
Cold Cold Art
West Coast glassmaker Ethan Stern explores his 'original voice' with a keen, modern eye on the past
Quake-Up Call
Protecting home and family with reinforcements and supplies to safely survive the 'big one' coming our way
Splash!
America's recreational oasis—the swimming pool comes of age in mid-century California
Eichlers in Bloom
Clusters of tall trees and extensive trails define the peaceful 34-home enclave known as Walnut Grove
Doors to Adore
Where to turn when your home’s front entry hardware cries out for a revival of mid-century modern flair
Type that Talks
From Helvetica to Futura to Neutraface— the expressive aura of modern lettering