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Florida Room: 1941

Florida Room: 1941

March 31, 1941. "Robert Glassford residence in Hobe Sound, Florida. Living room, to window. Alice Morgan Carson, architect; Van der Gracht & Kilham, associated architect." Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.


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Lights first time every time

The center item on the coffee table is a Ronson Touch Tip lighter; I have one just like it. There is a little wand that is removed and used to push down the striker to light a wick in the end of the wand. There were a number of models. If you like movies from the 30's & 40's you've seen them in use.

Bug Zapper Thing

It looks like garden-edge fencing which has been fastened to a board vertically. Presumably it's intended to serve as a trellis.

Minimalist Furnituration

Balances Maximalist Fenestration.

Bug zappers?

What are the vertically-stacked circular things outdoors behind the lamp shade on the right?

Easy chairs by Bruno Mathsson

A very nice room.

The easy chairs with plaited seating are designed by Bruno Mathsson. The chair is called Eva and it was a brand new model in 1941. It is still in production. Today the price is 7850 Swedish crowns, or about 950 dollars. Well worth it for a modern classic.

Roll up

And a cleverly mounted projection screen, perfect for those days of Kodachrome slides and 8mm home movies.

Not to mention, if you were as wealthy as the Glassfords might have been, the occasional private screening of a recent cinema release.

[Wealthy enough to shoot their home movies in 16mm. -tterrace]


Is what Mid-mod lovers would call the furniture in this room

Eye of the Beholder

Ugly to some, beloved by others. Most of the furniture in the room was designed by Finnish architect Alvar Aalto (1898-1978), and manufactured by Artek, the Helsinki company he co-founded in 1935. The company still prospers and keeps many of the designs seen here in production, while vintage examples in good condition bring impressively high prices at auctions and in retail galleries devoted to Mid-Century Modern classics.

The furniture

I wouldn't say the furniture is ugly. Maybe it is in beholders eye. Well, at least the table with wheels (don't know an english word), other wooden tables and the little three-feet tables are designed by Alvar Aalto. Publishing years respectively: 1936, 1933 and 1933. They are absolutely IN nowadays. Prices are 1855 € for the table with wheels, 725 € for a low profile table (down right) and 185 € for each little table. Whew! And these prices are for the new-production furniture. If you need an original one, the prices are 10x.


Stool and tea trolley by Alvar Aalto


I can't tell if the spiral-wound post, just outside the window on the right, is a modern sculpture, or the worlds largest bug zapper.

Like a Jungle!

The many windows brings the lush yard inside, like living in a jungle.
This style was extremely modern and futuristic in 1941. It now looks very mid-century.

Motel Glassford

There are 19 others in this set, all very modern and horizontal. The location is marvellous, and I would certainly have loved to be a guest, but one particular shot, of the "guest communicating porch," reminded me just a little too much of the classic park-right-in-front-of-your-door motel (of which I am a great fan, unless the carpet stinks).

C Minus

Architecturally the room's OK, but cluttered with ugly furniture.

Except for the ashtrays and the lighter

... this room would not be out of place today.

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