Features

Family Tradition
Bigger-than-life figures continue to leave their mark on the Palo Verde Eichlers of Palo Alto
It Takes Two
Cultured couples of California's mid-century who doubled down as partners in love and lifework
Craze Gone Crazy
A revolutionary innovation that once brought joy to the world, plastic now haunts us in a sea of debris
Atrium Gardens
Design tips and challenges: best bets for landscaping at your home's heavenly core
It Starts with a Spark
How psychologists of the 1950s probed the minds and creative core of Eichler Homes' two chief architects
Bringing Back 'the Berries'
Enthusiastic neighbors prove there’s nothing 'lower' about the Eichlers of Lucas Valley
Architecture of Dreams
French illustrator Marie-Laure Cruschi draws her long-distance inspiration from mid-century design
Those Dirty, Rotten Beams
Cleaning up their act—from blight to natural beauty
Lords of the Lens
8 great architectural photographers—mid-century California was their domain
Telling Tales
Today's generation of architectural photographers and the alluring houses that 'speak' to them
From Venice with Love
San Francisco glass artist David Patchen practices ‘old country’ technique with modern flair
If Glass Walls Could Talk
Behind a new book, author steers us back to the 1960s and her life filled with magic, mayhem and Eichlers
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