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Mid Century Modernism, Illustrated

Posted on by Lauren Moss

Architecture, design, and the arts are closely related practices, and we often find inspiration in the explorations, ideas and projects shared by colleagues in these creative disciplines.

 risom house, 1967 / jens risom

risom house, 1967 / jens risom

Recently introduced to us via Dwell, the work of Michael Nÿkamp is one such example, and his collection of mid-century modern homes beautifully illustrates select works of residential architecture from the '50s and '60s.

 alcoa care free home, 1957 / charles goodman

alcoa care free home, 1957 / charles goodman

Visually engaging, nuanced, and graphically appealing, these minimalist line drawings recall architectural renderings of the era, while employing a thoughtful and decidedly contemporary aesthetic.

 freeman house, 1966 / gunnar birkerts

freeman house, 1966 / gunnar birkerts

 kendalwood home, 1964 / albert builders

kendalwood home, 1964 / albert builders

This approach particularly resonates with our process, and when working on mid-century homes, we are sensitive to a structure's historic elements, and seek solutions to incorporate them within today's context of changing programmatic needs and evolving design preferences.

 flatstone carlee straight home, 1959 / obryen & knapp for albert builders

flatstone carlee straight home, 1959 / obryen & knapp for albert builders

Many thanks to Michael for sharing his work; for more images and information, view the collection on Dwell or visit mkn design online.

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