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    What old 1920s, 30s, 40s, 50s or other design styles or examples do you like the most for commercial properties like hotels, restaurants, lobbies, airports, etc?

    I love a Art Deco, Streamline Modern and love to see that some of it is coming back into style.

    "Tiki" though would be fun to see again.

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    Generally I prefer to see interior treatments reflect the prevailing trends of the era in which the structure was created.

    In Europe in particular, one sees many a beautiful period building's interior surrendered to the whims and wet dreams of some god awful stylist slavishly capitulating to this months on-trend look.

    Personally, I do like me some mid century modern stylin' - in an authentic setting, naturally.
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    I tend to like timeless classic lines. Simple designs but jazzed up with soft furnishings and accessories. Sometimes just changing up these things in a different colour can change a room, new carpets, pictures, curtains, pillows etc.
    It's really enjoyable to see places that are in one particular period or one particular style but I don't know if I could live with some designs for long. I do recognize the effort though that some people go to to get the period just right. If they like it that's fine as they are the ones living there.
    Most people who start to live on their own start off in the 'Early Poverty' style of decorating then grow from there, hopefully.
    As for hotels, keep them timeless, classic and every few years update with more modern bedding, paint colours etc. that way little expense needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KC View Post
    What old 1920s, 30s, 40s, 50s or other design styles or examples do you like the most for commercial properties like hotels, restaurants, lobbies, airports, etc?

    I love a Art Deco, Streamline Modern and love to see that some of it is coming back into style.

    "Tiki" though would be fun to see again.
    I think Tiki may have come back and left again. I like it too - I remember the old Tiki-Tiki Lounge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimbo View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by KC View Post
    What old 1920s, 30s, 40s, 50s or other design styles or examples do you like the most for commercial properties like hotels, restaurants, lobbies, airports, etc?

    I love a Art Deco, Streamline Modern and love to see that some of it is coming back into style.

    "Tiki" though would be fun to see again.
    I think Tiki may have come back and left again. I like it too - I remember the old Tiki-Tiki Lounge.
    Yeah, like googie architecture. Hard to believe that was our grandfathers and grandmothers creating stuff like that. We're all so boring today compared to those generations.


    More architecture than interior design except for all the cool "space age" designs.
    http://www.spaceagecity.com/googie/

    http://www.smithsonianmag.com/histor...age-122837470/


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    Quote Originally Posted by KC View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by KC View Post
    What old 1920s, 30s, 40s, 50s or other design styles or examples do you like the most for commercial properties like hotels, restaurants, lobbies, airports, etc?

    I love a Art Deco, Streamline Modern and love to see that some of it is coming back into style.

    "Tiki" though would be fun to see again.
    I think Tiki may have come back and left again. I like it too - I remember the old Tiki-Tiki Lounge.
    Yeah, like googie architecture. Hard to believe that was our grandfathers and grandmothers creating stuff like that. We're all so boring today compared to those generations.

    More architecture than interior design except for all the cool "space age" designs.
    http://www.spaceagecity.com/googie/

    http://www.smithsonianmag.com/histor...age-122837470/

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    I like the Art Deco look... Not sure how one would incorporate it into a house interior...




    http://comfortablehomedesign.com/wp-...l-New-York.jpg

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    Exteriors here - but fun and interesting to look at. Scroll down link.

    http://www.bigpoint.com/risingcities...-season.38496/

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    ^Some of those house pictures in that link are of the 50's 60's era. There are places in Edmonton where you can still see those designs or what maybe started out like that but have been improvised or changed a bit. Landsdowne has houses like that. You could put a 6o's type vehicle in front of them and it would be a flash back to the past. If you watch Fargo (second season, filmed in Calgary) where they shot some of the scenes there are houses like that. I guess there are pockets throughout most North America cities where there is a time warp of houses that fit that era. At one time they would have been considered the suburbs as well.
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    These renovated retro houses at this site are in Edmonton but show the potential.
    http://retrorenovation.com

    We have a cabin that had really basic kitchen cupboards that I ripped out and replaced with old brown rustic maple cupboards. The replacements look and work a lot better but I loved the colours of the old basic painted ones which were soft pink and soft yellow. They come from a time before I was born, and I never much liked pink, but now I've changed my tune and would love the retro look back (with better cabinetry).

    Also I love the old beach-party house look. Not sure if I could handle it for a home but for. Cabin or funky trailer it might be really cool.

    I see on this site that WilsonArt is redoing pretty much the same soft pastel colours of the 50s.

    A family friend in Edmonton had a double wide range almost identical to the one pictured here. It got landfilled about 15 years ago and replaced with a boring modern range.

    http://retrorenovation.com/2015/08/3...grace-kitchen/


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    BING has some interesting image functionality.

    You can search kitchen image styles by decade, by art deco etc. :

    http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=...7d&FORM=IRQBPS

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    For your consideration:



    Chicago condo untouched since the 1970s hits the market for just $158,000

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...t-158-000.html
    www.decl.org

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    ^I don't like the style but the owner has to be complimented on preserving it.
    It looks awesome.
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    A once great site:



    A sample:

    https://web.archive.org/web/20051210...es/colombo.jpg


    Click on the archive.org link and scroll down - each heading named below is also a link to article and photos related to "Jetset Modern" design, etc. Loads of cool architecture, interiors, furnishings, movie scenes, etc.


    https://web.archive.org/web/20051210...om/sitemap.htm


    Interiors
    Info and photos of modern interiors... take virtual tours! Marzec, Cardoza, DJ Caasi, Smith/Perry, Lindsjo & MORE!

    Cars
    Info and photos of concept and protype cars, plus my 1959 Cadillac, by Joe Kunkel

    Telephones
    Photos of cool vintage phones - just for fun! by Joe Kunkel

    Shows
    Modernism Shows Photo Galleries: Miami, Southfield, LA, Palm Springs, Cincinnati, Winnetka, Houston & MORE!

    Sightings
    Huge list of sightings of modern designs and interiors in movies, ads, etc. Know something I should add? Let me know! Thanks!

    Clocks
    Info and photos of Howard Miller clocks

    Architecture
    Info and lots of photos of great modern architecture

    Cermak Plaza
    Check out the whimsical outdoor sculptures at Cermak Plaza

    Keck & Keck house tour
    Feature article: The architecture and interior of a Keck & Keck house

    Keck Brothers Bring Mid-Century Modern Home
    Feature article: Architects Keck and Keck, by Dan Obermaier

    Modernism at the Movies
    Feature Article: The Vandamm House in Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest

    Modernism at the Movies
    Feature Article: A Star Is Modern

    Saarinen's TWA Terminal
    Feature Article: Saarinen's TWA Terminal is in Danger! by Joe Kunkel

    New York State Pavilion
    Feature Article: New York World's Fair 1964-65 is in Danger! by Joe Kunkel

    Archicture: Pasadena
    Feature article: Architecture pending destruction in Pasadena, by Joe Kunkel

    A Stranger Among the McMansions
    Feature article: A Stranger Among the McMansions, by Sandy McLendon

    Chicago's Beast : Jean Dubuffet
    Feature article: Chicago's Beast : Jean Dubuffet, by Joe Kunkel

    Save the Guthrie!
    Feature article: Save the Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis; by Joe Kunkel

    Great Glass: Venini
    Feature article: Great Glass: Venini by Joan & Gary Gand

    Proud Example of Latino Modernism: Bacardi
    Feature article: Bacardi's modernist headquarters, by Joe Kunkel

    Catalano House - Extremely Endangered
    Feature article: Catalano House, 1950s "House of the Decade", by Joe Kunkel

    Farnsworth House
    Feature article: Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House, by Sandy McLendon

    "Style In Steel" Then & Now
    Feature article: Michael John Smith and Malcolm Perry's 1969 International Modern home, by Sandy McLendon

    ..."

    Other links:

    https://web.archive.org/web/20051216...chitecture.htm

    https://web.archive.org/web/20051217...com/phones.htm

    https://web.archive.org/web/20051210.../interiors.htm
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    So here a possible valuable lesson? Learn from the past.

    Here's a "House of the year" over in England.


    Unchanged 1960s 'House of the Year' to be auctioned for £240,000
    Home which has all its original 1960s features has remained unchanged for 50 years after winning house of the year

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/p...or-240000.html

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    Design Miami 2017: The legacy of Shaker furniture - CNN

    An international revival

    ...
    "I don't think the display of Shaker work at the fair is due to an American interest in Americana. Rather, what we have seen over the past five years or so has been an emerging European interest in American design."...


    Indeed, this current wave of interest in Shaker style stretches across the pond. In 2015, the Parisian furniture dealer Laffanour-Galerie Downtown mounted a display of Shaker works in collaboration with contemporary art dealer Philippe Ségalot at the European Fine Art Fair in Maastricht, Netherlands. The 30 works ranged in price from $9,000 to $300,000.

    ...
    "The vast majority was built-in and most of the (existing) pieces are in museums or they have been destroyed," said dealer Russell of its exclusivity and why it is finding a new collector base today. "That's why it is among the rarest of American material culture," says Russell.


    http://www.cnn.com/style/article/des...ure/index.html


    As an aside, this news is interesting. A modernist house. My guess is that we’d just bulldoze this.

    Scotland's Hill House Gets a High-Tech Renovation | Architectural Digest

    “Before crucial conservation work can be started, the Hill House must be dried out. London architects Carmody Groakecame up with a radical solution: to protect the building from the elements by encasing it entirely within what will be called the "Box," a dramatic temporary structure with a rainproof roof and porous metallic-mesh walls that allow air in but keep precipitation at bay. This innovative and eye-catching architectural slipcover, which will remain in place for some years, will allow the Hill House to slowly dry. Once it has sufficiently done so, conservators can begin to assess solutions that will ensure the building’s long-term survival.”

    https://www.architecturaldigest.com/...armody-groarke

    Giant box to save 'rotting' Mackintosh house - BBC News

    http://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-scotla...ckintosh-house



    https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/270/cp...lsoutheast.jpg
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