When I was a young kid, I literally spent months drawing home plans. My childhood designs where heavily based off the vintage books I spent hours pouring over, little knowing they where long outdated designs from 50s and 60s America. So when I ran across this small booklet of vacation home plans from the Douglas Fir Association in 1960, I have to say I had a very soft (I mean soft!) spot in my heart for these fantastically creative and classic designs. The booklet is filled with stylishly painted illustrations of the homes, floor plans and interiors, depicting a leisurely existence of life at the lake, horseback riding, barbecues and dancing at midnight.
Created with the intention of promoting the relatively new but exploding plywood industry to the baby boomer generation, the booklet is filled with imaginative, compact designs we could easily re-interpret today. I mean, check out the classic Knoll furniture matched up to the colorful Eames inspired walls… and don’t miss the integrated bunk beds, courtyards and boat docks! For a look at the full booklet, in online, PDF and even a Kindle version, head to archive.org. It’s mid-century bliss.