When I first started this blog, there was one go-to place for fiberglass “wedding cake” lampshades — the groovy, googie, stacked mid century lamp shades we so love. That source (Moon Shine Shade) now does only commercial work. But, good news, other fiberglass lamp shade makers have risen to fill the gap. One of the new contenders — making some very beautiful and retro-authentic looking fiberglass lamp shades — is Modilumi, based in Twin Cities, Minnesota. I talked to owner Lex this week about his company, which continues to grow and innovate.Heck yeah there is more →
Many readers want to see more options for 1930s bathrooms, kitchens and interiors — and with that in mind, this set of 1930s-style Lefroy Brooks bathroom hardware — a towel bar, robe hook, toilet paper holder and faucets — now available at Restoration Hardware caught my eye. These are (take a deep breath) expensive, but I tend to believe they are very high quality. The lines are beautiful.Heck yeah there is more →
Pam here. Since Jan. 1, I’ve been tenaciously focused on doing a lot of technical clean up of the blog. This has included going through stories in draft form. And ack! How did I not publish this one? It wasn’t a draft — it was finished and waiting for me! Kate completed it more than two years ago as part of our series about the history of various colors used in bathroom sinks, toilets and tubs. Hence, Kate gets the byline all these many months later! So let’s see her take us through the color lavender in bathroom sinks, bath tubs and toilets in the 20th Century. – Pam >> Heck yeah there is more →
My favorite kind of story: The renowned Bauer Pottery, which purchased and moved into another longtime ceramics factory, has discovered many old, original molds from now-defunct California ceramics companies among the stuff left behind. Now, they are beginning to reproduce some of these treasures. One of the first revived products: The Brayton-Laguna Pottery Cat — a statuesque mid century modern beauty that stands 16″ tall. I repeat, agog: Original tooling! Original mold! AND, I found out the name of the circa-1960 designer!