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Vintage Volvos
Written by Chris Alm in Advertising

Vintage Volvos

Moving back to Sweden again for a while and more specifically to the Swedish automotive industry. For those who aren’t in the know, Sweden has two major brands; Volvo and Saab. Today we are going back to the mid 1950s to look at how the advertisements for model 121 also known as the Amazon were portrayed in the country that brought you all ABBA, IKEA...

Lost In My Own Fantasy World – A Real Life Time Warp

I am sure that most people who read this blog have their own secret crush about times gone by, whether it be kitchen appliances, cocktail bars, design or cars that purr. Some of you might even have stories to tell but what about the rest of us who can only fantasize about. Meet Joanne Massey, a 35-year old housewife from Stafford, England who have made...

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Written by Chris Alm in Travel

Skyline New York

Join Trans World Airlines and Ultra Swank for a flight to the city that never sleeps, New York city! We will depart from Los Angeles and set down at New York, Idlewild airport (soon to be known as JFK airport). Our flying time is estimated at around 8 hours. Fasten your seat belts and enjoy the scenery. If you have any questions, our delightful stewardess...

The Disneyland Hotel – A Mid-Century Classic

Seeing its summer and many people are on vacation, here are some lovely photos and brochures from the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California for you to peruse. Maybe you and your family are due for another road trip in ye’ old station wagon? The Hotel was built along the park in 1955 as a motor-inn and operated by Jack Wrather under an agreement with Walt...

Mid-Century Houses in Southern California

I have been passionate about the mid-century homes that was built in southern California by great visionaries such as Joseph Eichler and John Lautner ever since I first saw one. The Eichler mid-century-modern houses are especially sought after today and the prices to own one of these babies, are getting higher and higher by the day. Perhaps common people (aka squares) have finally realized how amazingly simple and...

Arne Jacobsen for your Office

Spring is officially here in Scandinavia, a good time to enjoy something new (or old). Warm colors, international design and clean lines are all trademarks of Danish designer and architect Arne Jacobsen. If you are in the process or remodeling or thinking about it here are some personal favorites of mine available to buy from Hivemodern.com....

Mies van der Rohe – The Seagram Building

I have a passion for amazing architecture and iconic buildings (don’t we all?). First up for a short analysis and field-trip is the Seagram building by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, usually just referred to as Mies van der Rohe. Born in Germany in 1886, immigrated to America in the 1930s where he started his career in Chicago as head of the architecture school the...

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