Thursday, July 14, 2011

Mid century retro? modern?

We made a stop at Mel's Diner while vacationing near Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. We studied the floors: a black and white checked tile with black grout. Reminded ourselves of how much we like booth seating with our kids.





















It leads me to a question. When renovating a 1950s home you can create a black and white diner look.
retro kitchen decor
Or the mid century modern (Eichler-esque) look.
MCM kitchens
And while we prefer the danish modern/eichler look, we'd like it to have some whimsy. Any thoughts on merging the 2? And how to do it affordably? Would love Saarinen tulip table without the price tag...

2 comments:

  1. I've always liked both looks, but I've never compared them side-by-side. I gotta say, the mid century modern look wins for me by a landslide. I do like the idea of merging the two styles, though. I think the best way to do that is to either a) do the diner thing but pare it way down for a cleaner look (maybe find a formica/chrome table but don't go overboard w/the 50's stools and the 50's clock and all the other tchotchkes that go along with that era); or b) keep it clean and simple for the mid century modern look (and include a statement piece like a table to drive the point home), but then throw in hints of the diner thing with big checkered floors, but maybe in a more muted color palette.

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  2. I totally agree. we prefer a cleaner look than the top photo but maybe a light color + white checkered floor would work. not sure what we'll end up doing for a table--I remember someone making their own tulip table using an existing base. It might just be whatever the best deal we can find at an estate sale. I'm not opposed to a formica table!

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