Features

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
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