little nest

This month’s pins come via Little Nest, an Australian company, focusing on “creating stylish, fun and functional furnishings for children”. We don’t usually advocate designer reproductions but I’m giving these a pass…


…mainly ’cause they’re just too cute. These child-sized replicas include instantly recognizable furniture, like the Eames-designed DSR side chair (Tiny Tower) above, and Arne Jacobsen’s Egg chair (Yolk) below…


While they’re not authentic originals, they are the perfect tools to groom Mid-century Modern fans of the future. This mini replica of Harry Bertoia’s side chair (Little Bert) comes as a set of two, in a choice of colors…


Finally, another Eames offering, the iconic LCW molded plywood lounge chair (The Woody) available in ash or walnut. I can’t vouch for the quality of these furniture pieces, but they certainly look the part.


There are other designs too. See the full collection of children’s furniture at Little Nest. And for more O&L pins, check us out on Pinterest, where we pin things that inspire, amaze or amuse us.

coast modern

Just heard about a local (Boston) screening of Coast Modern, a super-cool independent documentary about west coast modernist architecture. Regular readers will appreciate our excitement…

…but just to be clear, our whole design vision is inspired by a love of mid-century modern design and modernist architecture. So this film’s right up our street. Here’s a quick look at the preview…

The film runs tomorrow night at Boston’s MFA. We’ll be going, obviously. If it’s your kinda thing, check out the (growing) list of future screenings at the Coast Modern website and Facebook page.

put a bird on it

We’ve seen lots of birds cropping-up in home decor recently, but it’s far from a new phenomenon. We’re long-time fans of mid-century examples, like the iconic Eames House Bird

…but at $200+ you need to really want one. Another O&L favorite is the 1959-designed BIRD family, by Kristian Vedel, handmade by a Danish wood-turner, from high-quality smoked and natural oak…

Each features an adjustable head and body to create male/female BIRDs and reflect different moods. We like. On a related note, we also like this MCM-style birdhouse, found on TheDesignerPad

…but I digress. Back on birds as decor, we’ve put a few on our own (yet to be released) products. Here’s a peekaboo view of our updated Logan 123 wall art, complete with pink cross-hatch bird…

The whole bird thing also reminded me of the now infamous Portlandia sketch, mocking the over-use of birds in design. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, or you’d like a refresher, do take a look…

You’ve gotta love Portlandia…or hate it, one of the two. We love it. Not least because it reminds us of Portland, a city we adore. Hope you enjoyed our own brief bird ‘episode’. Have a great weekend!

mad men

I spied this vintage image the other day and had to share. The shot shows six suited-up mid-century designers, sitting on their own iconic creations…which may help you work out who’s who.

If not (and I wouldn’t get them all) L-R: George Nelson, Edward Wormley, Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, Charles Eames and Jens Risom; from a 1961 issue of Playboy. Read the original article on Lushpad.

design refresh

We’ve been busily refreshing our George and Billie designs for a while. And now they’re ready. Though the visual changes are pretty subtle, we think they’re a big improvement.

We hope you’ll agree. Something I’m sure you’ll agree with are the prices. Design tweaks have helped us to cut costs, and trim prices; bringing them into line with our Logan range.

For the lifestyle shots, George and Billie get a Mid-Century Modern makeover, creating a better visual match for the ‘loft-style’ Logan photography I shared three weeks back.

Our products complement many architectural and decor styles, but we decided to place these retro/modern designs in environments that we feel perfectly fit their personalities.

What also fits are the complementary products we’ve added; some you may have seen here before, some not. We’ll reveal the source of these soon, in our ‘get the look’ series.

Over the days and weeks that follow, I’ll be giving you specific details on the design and price tweaks we’ve implemented. If you can’t wait, skip across to our shop right now.

just modern

We’ve partnered a new retailer this week. Just Modern sell Mid-Century Modern-inspired home accessories. Right up our street. Initially, they’ll just be stocking our pillows, below.

As a side note, we’re ever so slightly (read ‘very’) jealous, as they reside in Palm Springs; a Mecca for Mid-Century Modern design. We’re already planning a warm winter visit.

atomic ranch

Further fueling our fascination with everything mid-century modern, we just made a new book acquisition. Atomic Ranch is the perfect coffee table book…well, for ours anyway.

It’s jammed full of mid-century eye candy. But it’s not just the pictures that wow. The stories too are engaging; and give you an acute sense of each home’s unique history.

We got the magazine first, a week ago. Opening it gave me that oddly familiar feeling a child gets with a brand new comic. I feel an addiction (or is that subscription?) coming on.

It – and the book – are filled with inspirational ideas; you can see we’ve marked some pages already. I hope one day we can put these ideas into practice in our own home.

In all seriousness, we’re pretty much set on owning a house like this at some point. Until then, we’ll keep the books on the coffee table, and keep admiring from a distance.


As part of our ongoing fascination with all things mid-century modern, we recently paid a visit to Reside, specialists in designer furniture, lighting and other objects of the period.

We looked around this newly-opened location, in Boston’s South End. They also run a long-established store from Cambridge, and the website inventory is pretty impressive…

The pieces aren’t cheap, but they are all originals, so the chances are you’ll be getting something rare. Your best bet is to visit in person as stock moves fast. We’ll be back.

mid-century modern birthday

Tuesday was Karen’s birthday. Rather than take a picture of her (numerous) presents – like last time – I’ll focus on just one, at the risk of offending all other gift-givers.

Anyhow, Karen and I have a healthy (and growing) obsession with mid-century modern design, interiors and homes. So when this gift idea was offered, my mother obliged…

Mid-Century Modern: Interiors, Furniture, Design is the perfect coffee-table book, as this shot demonstrates…albeit in a very contrived fashion. The book’s great though.

Karen and I have also taken to frequenting lots of related websites. This got me to thinking, why not share some of our design interests with you guys? So we’re gonna do just that.

Ah, one day maybe we’ll own a place like this. Or live with a view like this. Phew…

So expect a smattering of design-related posts in the future, giving you an insight into our influences, loves, likes, wants and latest obsessions. Including stuff like above.

Oh, incidentally, cup cakes were on the menu again this birthday. 6/8 left at time of photo! Thanks to our friend, PR superstar and queen of cakery, Jay at Ethics PR.