The Great Indoors

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Midcentury modern fans, as well as guys who are single (or sometimes wish they were), will likely enjoy heading over to our fraternal site Masculine Interiors for a fine article posted yesterday.

It’s about Playboy’s architectural and interior design articles of the ’50s and ’60s, and was written by contributor James Kraus.

Kraus’ previous articles for Ivy Style include this excerpt from his jet-age bachelor cookbook and a wonderful piece on vintage automotive advertising illustrations. — CC

12 Comments on "The Great Indoors"

  1. The closest mankind has ever come to heaven on earth. Kublai Khan move over.

    I read that Hefner didn’t leave the Chicago Playboy Mansion for three years. Three years. All indoors.

    He didn’t need to go out for anything. He edited the magazine from his bedroom, a dormitory stocked with gorgeous Playboy Bunnies was a floor away, movies were brought in and shown in his private theater, there was a grotto in the basement with a glass wall so he could watch nude women swimming, barbers were brought in, a world class kitchen catered to his needs (besides Pepsi-Cola) round the clock, glamorous parties took place nightly replete with all the names of the day (movie stars, writers, musicians, sports figures, politicians — anybody who was anybody).

    No billionaire today ever had it as good — the perfection of his Playboy life transcended any amount of money.

    In those days (and before he bought his famous black Boeing 707 with the white bunny on the tail) Hef was afraid to fly. Can’t say that I blame him. Why risk the perfect life?

  2. Nice Kubla Khan reference.

    “In Xanadu did Kubla Khan a stately pleasure-dome decree…”

    And bravo Mr. Kraus for another great look at life and style at midcentury.

  3. User-centered design at its finest!

  4. Love the new look and ease of navigation within and around the site.

    Best Regards,

    Heinz-Urich von B.

  5. The irony is that the old brick houses at the two sides of the iron-glass monstrosity are much more beautiful and elegants.

  6. Mid-Century home design, as shown in the picture above, is horrific. Hell, most every single family home built after the war is junk, really, compared to the homes built from 1890-1930.

  7. Charlottesville | June 25, 2015 at 3:51 pm |

    Great pictures. I confess to having a soft spot in my heart for the sleek mid-century modern look, but the Jetsons-style is more fun to look at, say in Our Man Flint or Goldfinger, than to live in. The tulip chair looks particularly uncomfortable. Plus, the easy chairs, side tables, piles of books, oriental rugs, and so on that make a home pleasant, for me at least, would look out of place. My wife too is attracted to the sleek and spare décor of the 50s and early 60s, but when it came time for us to choose where we would live, we went with a c. 1900 farm house and have no regrets.

  8. Funny how the golden ages of things don’t coincide!

  9. I recently saw a group picture of Hef with no less than forty bunny’s surrounding him. The caption at the bottom read, “When Hef passes away, you can’t say he’s gone to a better place!” How appropriate!

  10. Bunnies, forgive me! Also, I believe Hef’s jet was a DC 9.

  11. I’m a fan of tasteful modernism too, but like you guys when it comes time to put stuff in my own home I flinch. There’s also such a marked difference between good and bad modernist architecture. How did we go from the Guggenheim to Madison Square Garden?

  12. @Groton76 because flying is safer than walking down the street in the winter? Also you don’t know how billionaires are actually living, so I would say its safe to assume some of them are living lives on par or greater. Refer to millionaire Dan Bilzerian.

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