Posted by Cyndy Hinkelman-Smith on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 at 6:52am.

"What's Old is New Again" - Seeking simplicity and innovation in design, with a stronger connection to light, nature and the outdoors, homeowners of Boulder, Colorado are being drawn to mid-century modern design and construction. Original mid-century modern homes were typically built from the 1930's to the mid 1960's. This mostly post-war time period reflected a wanting of minimal, somewhat sexy, and organic design in Boulder neighborhood homes for sale. Flash forward to today: "Minimalist sensibility is in vogue again, in part due to this romantic notion of the past," says Gord Peteran, a professor of design at OCAD University in Toronto. "But, I suspect, also due to another form of rebellion - a desire for something simpler, probably a response to our fast-paced, multitasking, over-informed, frantic, fractured, ethernet-driven lives." (amen)

20th century notable modern architects that heavily influenced this modern-design movement included Mies van der Rohe, Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles and Ray Eames, Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius, to name a few. Their important and timeless design influences can be found all over the world. Boulder has it's own archive of significant, modern and state-of-the-art architects including Charles Haertling, Hobart Wagener, I. M. Pei, and Tician Papachristou. Seeking innovation within the natural landscape, they left their imprint on history.

Today, numerous homeowners in Boulder are turning their '50's and '60's built homes into unique and chic residences. Knocking down walls to create more space, installing larger windows to frame the landscape, renovating dark and inefficient kitchens and baths, and adding more interesting and artistic accents to the exteriors of their homes, the result is a one-of-a-kind, smart and reborn present-day home. Natural, environmentally friendly "green", and repurposed materials are often used in construction - wood, glass, natural tile, metal, recycled and upcycled - making for a very bold, or shall we say, "Boulder" home.  Boulder has always had an eclectic mix of architecture, and this nostalgic mid-century modern design revival fits in this mix well!

Boulder's Mid-Century Modern Revival

Cyndy Hinkelman-Smith

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