What is Ultra Swank?

Ultra Swank is a magazine styled retro blog that takes you back in time into the kitsch, chic and swank living of the 1950s to the 1970s. We mainly focus on the design, architecture and the lifestyle of the happy-go-lucky and space-age living mentality from that era. Including; architecture, interior design, furniture, ephemera, books, art, design, advertising, music, events, travel, amazing people like Arne Jacobsen, Mies Van der Rohe, Pierre Koenig, Joseph Eichler, Eero Saarinen and more.

Behind the Swank

Ultra Swank was launched by Christopher in September 2005 to share his passion for everything retro – whether it is design, music, architecture, movies, photos, interviews, reviews or recommendations from an honest and fun angle. Chris, who is a native Swede – now living as a expat in Barcelona, Spain – shares his time working as a web developer by day and time traveler by night.

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Editor / Founder


Christopher founded Ultra Swank in 2005. Has a crush on mid-century graphic design, defunct airlines, Disneyland and the Century 21 Exposition. Is a collector of easy listening music from the 60s and 70s and a Swedish expat living in Barcelona, Spain.

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Regular Writers

James Vaughan

James Vaughan was born in 1955, resides in Ohio and has taught at Kent State University. Photographs conceptual and editorial style studio photography.

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Baron von Swankenstein

Roman Gheesling aka Baron von Swankenstein, is that swingin' mad scientist who celebrates Halloween year round. He also holds a BFA in Graphic Design.

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Koop Kooper

Koop Kooper is the host of The Cocktail Nation, He's also a writer, voiceover artist and known around Sydney as a hepster, always on the lookout for new crazy music.

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Patricia Greenwood

Patricia Greenwood is the owner of Patricia's Room, a vintage and antique destination in Upstate New York.

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Jesse Kowalski

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Karen DeBreau

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Katharine Miller

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Oline Eaton

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Steven Padal

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