vintage finds for a modern world: room noir.

ever since my trip to los angeles last month, i’ve been drawn once again to mid-century modern decor. there’s just something about that city, a certain film noir feeling that recounts that very cinematic era. rooms with a classic, sophisticated charm and a clean, sleek look i really love. sometimes i just want to abandon any ‘cuteness’ my home contains and grow up a little bit, if you know what i mean. i don’t want my decor to be strictly modernist, mind you — i’d like to warm it up a bit, with textiles and pattern, mementos and art. but i love the idea of some classically designed mid-century pieces that speak for themselves — like this sofa above, or the Poul Kjaerholm sofa below from hive modern, for instance. sigh, if only. i’d like a room noir.

Spanish Chairs by danish designer Børge Mogensen, photographed by hallie burton.

classic mid-century pieces in the mix, via the design files; roman and williams; and bo bedre.

alt interiors magazine, photographed by Line Klein.

Henry Hill’s 1947 renovation of a 1908 Victorian tucked away on an alley in historic Russian Hill, via dwell magazine.

brooklyn apartment with just the right mix, via the new york times.

danish mid-century modern dining room, via apartment therapy.

a fabulously modern mix, via fantastic frank.

wonderfully eclectic corner, as photographed by vidir.

7 Responses to “vintage finds for a modern world: room noir.”
  1. Gina Johnson says:

    I absolutely love that mid century design is coming back, but I am extremely wary of wood paneling. We all saw what the 70s did…

  2. Leigh Wells says:

    amazing inspiration for my new place, VS! Thank you. I need the help!

  3. The_Milanese says:

    Such selection !
    Bravo … archi bravo …

  4. Lauren says:

    You are so right about Los Angeles/ film noir/ mid-century modern! Since moving here I have become even more obsessed with the aesthetic. I actually just wrote about it this week!

  5. justinecallao says:

    amazing i love this for my dream house….

  6. Benjamin says:

    Very nice! :-) If you ever need any Retro lighting, let me know. I specialize in vintage swag and table lamps.

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