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EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN
It seems , at the moment, it is fashionable to choose between the All White style or the All Glass style when one wants to build a house. There may be minor variations made to the styles, for example, adding a few sections of wood, brick or painted surfaces, using colored glass or introducing some screening - inherently the gist of the period style has not changed. While the contemporary 'modern' style is developed from the Bauhaus / Le Corbusier lineage, the mid-century modern style had evolved from a different source.
THE GRANDFATHER OF THE MID CENTURY MODERN STYLE
The quintessential mid-century modern bungalow shown above was a synthesis from various period styles, arriving at a solution that was so appropriate for the post WWII era that it fitted the milieu of Mid Century Modern perfectly. It was no longer a parochial, cowboy-western kind of ranch knockoff but a skillfully orchestrated design of brick, steel, glass, aluminum and wood. The overall form hadn't changed - not since the 1880s.
THE BIG COUNTRY
Developers in the mid 1940s and early 1950s, seeing the great need for single-family homes and the craving of home-buyers for Land and Nature, started to build sprawling subdivisions of 'ranch-style' homes. It started a craze. Inner city dwellers were craving for air, space and land. The exodus to the suburbs had begun.
The Californian bungalow, made famous by Raymond Chandler and film noir of the 40s and 50s, left an indelible impression on cinema goers. Note the ubiquitous shadow lines cast by Venetian blinds:
BLINDS AND SHADOWS
I have built houses in the last twenty years incorporating some of the cinematic techniques of the 1940s and have created some intriguing space.