Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen was critical to the success of the Michigan-based design school Cranbrook. His students included the Eamses', Florence Knoll and Harry Bertoia. So it is no surprise that his 1930s house, built on the campus, has some fine design elements. I particularly love the idea of painting or gold leafing the ceiling; here it is done so well in a magnificent gold.
It has me thinking that this could work for a recessed ceiling in my living room. It would add a bit of architectural detailing that seems modern and polished and give the space a more finished look.
Also, check out the unique use of wall covering, the living room's fireplace and bookcase. Love it! And, is that a rug covering the bench? Clever.
Finally, here's a great example of a mid-century modern color palette from a Marcel Breuer designed home. Though originally created for an architectural exhibition in the 1950s, the space's color combination of blue, ivory and orange still feels fresh and classic. I am looking forward to accessorizing my sofa with some color, perhaps in the pillows and maybe some soft orange and hints of blue.
*Photo Credit: The World of Interiors, images 1-3 from November 2009 issue, image 4 from September 2009 issue.