A 1950s Kitchen, Locked Away Since It Was Built

Like walking back in time, furniture designer Nathan Chandler opened the door on a home he bought in 2010 and found the kitchen in nearly original condition from when it was built in 1956. For some reason the original owners built the house but never lived in it, keeping it sealed away and rarely using the pastel pink General Electric appliances that were installed from the start.

“Merry Christmas Honey! I Got You a Vacuum!” 16 Awkwardly Vintage Christmas Ads

They sure don’t make ’em like they used to… especially when it comes to Christmas advertisements. They were sexist, weird and even downright unhealthy. So grab your matching family pajamas, light up a few smokes, and take a trip down memory lane with these gloriously bad mid-century ads.

5 Iconic Houses Fall From the Sky

Italian product and graphic designer Matteo Muci has remembered five iconic houses from the early to mid-century with a slick animation that sees their various pieces falling from the sky. Including Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye; Gerrit Rietveld’s Rietveld Schröder House; Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House; Philip Johnson’s Glass House; and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater – each is created before our eyes out of their individual design elements.

The Secret Life of Robots… is Actually More Normal Than You’d Expect

I know, I know… we’ve all grown up thinking robots are SOooo cool. They’re always shooting laser beams out of their eyes or “transforming” into fast cars. But do you want to know a secret? According to artist Toby Fraley, they’re a lot like us. His latest solo show The Secret Life of Robots features a host of normal robots going about their often hilariously mundane lives.

Abandoned Sixties Lounge is in Need of Some Love

Out in the vibrant city of Lisbon, Portugal remains an architectural gem that is in need of some tender love and care. Originally a thriving hip restaurant, the building is now an abandoned shell – with a surprising amount of style remaining. It provides one of the most spectacular views of the city skyline and of the surrounding landscape.

Jazzy Abstract Maps of Famous World Cities

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Some cities make you want to take out your favorite jazz records, sip on some wine and completely bliss out as you look down on the lights below. These posters from Toronto-based, self-taught artist Jazzberry Blue are just the right accompaniment for those moments – outlining the streets of famous world cities with a mid-century abstract flair. We wouldn’t want to navigate streets by these maps, but we sure would navigate life influenced by their spirit!

Retro Travel Posters for Famous Movie Locations

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As far as travel posters go, there have never been any to match the romantic versions from the mid-century. Starting with streamlined steamship and aircraft posters in the 1930s, the world was becoming smaller at an exciting rate. No longer did it take months to reach your destination, and no longer did it cost a fortune. If exploring nature was more your speed, the WPA pumped out a series of exquisite US National Park posters that make America truly look like the promised land. Now, South African illustrator MUTI has created a series of four posters channeling the spirit of those classic times into fictitious travel posters for famous movie locations.

Step Back in Time with These Fashionable Illustrations

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In my last article I mentioned “artistic tributes” to the show Mad Men. Well, although these illustrations aren’t specifically based on that series, many of the fantastically drawn examples from London based Jack Hughes certainly harken back to that mid-century appeal. Over bold background gradients and two-tone blocks of color, Hughes illustrates fashionable people from bygone eras: from the flapper craze of the 20s, right up to hip 70s kids sporting Native American threads.

Delicious, Retro Animations from Colin Hesterly

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I’ll admit it: I’m a complete fiend for mid-century media. When it comes to, say, cartoons from that era, it’s hard to beat the warm nostalgic feeling you get from their positive, often childlike vibe, and optimistic outlook towards the possibilities of the future. So when I ran across these classy retro animations from Colin Hesterly, I couldn’t help but love each short tasty nugget of nostalgia.

Magical Landscapes by a Legend: Eyvind Earle

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The work of Eyvind Earle is truly timeless, looking so current it could have been painted yesterday by a mature artist we’d flock to gallery openings for… but Earle passed away almost 13 years ago. His lifetime of work continues to inspire with its imaginative, dreamlike scenery; confetti-like array of colors across the canvas; and for the many influential film works he helped create. If these landscape paintings look familiar, we’ll tell you why.