Close your eyes and imagine the quintessential mid-century modern house setting, chances are it’s a classy evening get together between the owners and their friends, with guests spilling out from the indoors and gathered happily around the pool. The mid-century home was always built with sociability in mind, and it’s a vital aspect that makes them so coveted to this day.
Here we’ve gathered together five beautiful mid-century homes that truly capture that image. Be it the understated modernism of E. Stewart Williams’ Palm Springs house, the Hollywood glitter of Richard Neutra’s Singleton Residence, or the Pacific cool of the Anderson Residence, these houses are perfect for a sunset party.
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Regular viewers will have seen this site cover a few Palm Springs houses lately. An article earlier this month featured a William F. Cody house in Camino Norte and last month there were features on homes built by Donald Wexler and William Krisel.
The Smith Residence is a shining example of architect Donald Wexler’s desert modernism. Situated in Palm Springs, California, Unites States, and completed in 1964, it is one of a number of homes that Wexler built in the area, where he worked almost exclusively.
The Anderson Residence makes wonderful use of its surroundings. Located in Palos Verde, California, and overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Aaron G. Green Architects’ have created a home that perfectly articulates the rough nature in which it is situated.
A rustic colour palette is perhaps the most tell-tale sign of this approach. The brown hues of the Frank Lloyd Wright-influenced house continue from inside to outside and are repeated through wood, stone, and fabric.
You can see right through Richard Neutra’s Singleton Residence. Albeit, not from every angle. But from several vantage-points the design makes a good claim to being transparent.
While such transparency is a feature of many modernist houses, the observation seems particularly apt in the case of the home built by architect Richard Neutra in the mid-1950s for the industrialist Henry Singleton (Teledyne Corp).
Given its centrality to mid-century modern, it’s perhaps no surprise that we’ve covered a few houses in Palm Springs lately. But having referenced some of the core figures—namely, William F. Cody, Donald Wexler, E. Stewart Williams and William Krisel—this one is from one of the lesser known proponents of Palm Springs modernism, Stan Sackley.