Monday, December 5, 2011

Just Modern partners with Atomic Living Design

Awesome, cool, hip, retro and stylish are just a few words our clients and friends have used to describe Just Modern's new line of indoor furniture by Atomic Living Design.  

A few weeks ago, my cousin Jackie (who recently moved to Colorado) was reading the Denver magazine 5280 when she came across an article titled "Twice as Nice - A Husband-and-Wife Team Rethinks Modern Furniture".  She immediately sent me an email saying that we should consider talking to them because they have amazing pieces similar to the things we offer and seem like a really cool couple/company! Jackie couldn't have gotten it more right!

After scrolling through their website and speaking with Lisa Detschermitsch, I knew it was a perfect match.  Stewart and I started Just Modern because of our passion for mid-century modern architecture, design and decor.  Our mission is not only to find new products that are inspired by this era and made in the US, but to work with artists and designers who are environmentally conscientious.

According to their "About Us" page, Lisa and Jesse Detschermitsch's  share a lifelong passion for mid-century modern architecture and furnishings, which has inspired them to design and build their own line of modern furnishings for the mid-century minded.  Their mission is to revive a desire for high design and heirloom-quality furniture of an era long since passed, and to use modern technology to make it an accessible alternative to the big-box stores selling foreign "goods".  They strive to be environmentally conscientious and use low and very low VOC water-based lacquers and eco-friendly sheet goods wherever possible.  They are dedicated to continually seek out new products that support their commitment to environmental responsibility.  **PLEASE SUPPORT MADE IN THE U.S.A.**.

Yes Jackie, you were right!  Thank you...

For additional information, pricing and ordering, please visit our website:

 Just Modern is a proud sponsor of Palm Springs Modernism Week 2012

Modernism Week 2012

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Palm Springs' Martinis anyone? Modernism Week of parties!

Palm Springs' Modernism Week 2012 is packed full of fun! When you book your tickets for the events, shows and lectures, don't forget to book for the parties!  You can't come to Palm Springs and not have a Martini...Six parties to choose from:

Opening Night Cocktail Reception at the Elrod House
February 16th from 7-10pm

PS ModCom Annual Gala Benefit with a tribute to "The Party"
February 18th from 8-11pm

Monday Night Cocktail Party - TBD
February 20th

Tuesday Night Cocktail Party at the Hideaway Hotel
February 21st from 5-7pm

Wednesday Night Cocktail Party at the Desert Star Hotel
February 22nd from 5 - 7pm

PSPF Retro Martini Parry at The Maranz House aka Gull Wing House
February 24th from 5-8pm

Monday, November 21, 2011

Gainey Ceramics breaks out the old molds!

Gainey Ceramics started in 1949 when John Gainey purchased the pottery company he was working for.  Over the years, this California based company has delivered quality ceramic pots in a variety of styles and colors.

photo courtesy of Gainey Ceramics

Due to the recent mid-century modern buzz and popularity for authentic pottery, Gainey Ceramics decided to break out some of their old molds. We are very excited that they have reintroduced the Geo!

This beautiful mid-century modern pot comes in white matte (other colors too, but this is my favorite) and in three different sizes (12", 16" and 20").  I am very excited that we are able to now sell this amazing pot and look forward to Gainey's reintroduction of other molds!

Now available at Just Modern from $159 - $350

Monday, November 14, 2011

Modernism Week 2012 - It's not just about homes and decor...

Palm Springs Modernism Week is just around the corner.  This event last for 11 days beginning February 16, 2012 and is packed with so many different options (films, events, tours and lectures).  While many come to Modernism Week to view mid-century modern decor, design and architecture, I am most excited  to see the vintage cars, airstreams and travel trailers.

Monday, February 20th at 10:30am

This lecture by Jim Cherry is all about the concept cars of yesterday. When I heard about this, I immediately thought of the Batmobile and the Jetsons!  This lecture is $10 and will be held at the Hilton Hotel.

Monday, February 20th from 12 - 4 pm

This show is FREE and will be held at the Convention Center.  It is a great opportunity to see restored and well-maintained vintage automobiles.

Friday, February 24th  from 5 - 8 pm

This show is also FREE and will be held at the Desert Fashion Plaza.  There will be 20 vintage Airstreams and travels trailers on display.

Just Modern is a proud sponsor of
Hope to see you there!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Modernism Week Cocktail Reception at the Elrod House

If you are planning your trip to Palm Springs for Modernism Week 2012, you might want to buy your tickets for the Opening Night Cocktail Reception at the Elrod House!

Measuring almost 9000 sq ft, this 5-Bed 5-Bath Palm Springs iconic home, designed by architect John Lautner, was built in 1968 for interior designer Arthur Elrod.

The home features some unique design elements like two 25-foot-wide hanging glass curtain walls that that retract to open the living room to the outside at the touch of a button. 

Don't miss this rare opportunity to mix and mingle with other enthusiasts!  

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Mid-Century Modern Today!

Just Modern strives to find new products that represent the same sophistication, simplicity and style as those from the 50's-60's.  

The mid-century modern outdoor fireplace has a new look presented by ModFire

Yesterday                 Today

The Cerno Group has an amazing collection of mid-century modern inspired light fixtures

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Yesterday               Today

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Haskell's mid-century modern style chaise lounge

Yesterday              Today

September Wren's unique photography style
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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Finding Inspiration from the past!!

Just Modern combs through just about every book and magazine published regarding Mid-Century Modern decor and design for inspiration.  We also spend a considerable amount of time searching the Internet looking at authentic pieces and advertisements...could my job get any better?

But it doesn't stop there! Now I am addicted to movies made in the 50's and 60's that depict the life and glamour we strive for was simple, clean and kind of kitch, but in a good way!

Have you ever watched Pillow Talk?  Great design and very inspiring.... 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Modernism Week!

Just Modern is a proud sponsor of the 2012 Modernism Week in Palm Springs!

Modernism Week is actually 11 days from February 16 to February 26, 2012.  It includes events, films, lectures, tours and parties.  This event "celebrates mid-century modern design, architecture and culture."

Modernism Week Calendar
Modernism Week Tickets

1958 Short File showing real mid-century modern style and decor

A great 1958 short film by Chevrolet called American Look.  Real Mid-century Modern inspiration... I found this film at, a really great site.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Mid-Century Modern Inspiration

Just Modern started from our passion for mid-century modern decor, architecture and style.  We spend hours combing the Internet for inspiration. Even though Just Modern specializes in new items that reflect those from the 40's - 60's, we love finding authentic pieces for ideas and for our personal use.  If you share the same passion, here are some great ways to find what you are looking for:

Authentic Mid-Century Decor

Ebay is probably the best source for purchasing authentic items.  Search for "mid century modern" and you will find thousands accessories and furnishings.  Some of our favorite purchases have been signs, glass, globes, ashtrays, tins, furniture and advertisements.

Etsy is now one of my favorite sites. Next to the search box, select the "Vintage" category.  Again, you will find so many authentic items.  

Mid Century Modern Finds (MCFM) out of San Francisco has a great selection of vintage furniture and accessories. What I love most about their site are the photos and how they have their items displayed.  

Retro Art Glass - If you are like, you probably love the glass products of the 40's, 50's and 60's.  Retro Art Glass has one of the best collections I have found on the Internet.  

Mid Century Modern Architecture

Paul Kaplin Realtor showcases mid century modern homes. The original designs and architecture on this site are amazing.  Most of the homes are in the Palm Springs' area and the photos are professional.  This site is also a great source if you are in the market to buy (or sell) a home in the area.  Additionally, Paul has a really nice blog and resource page.

The Mid-Century Modernist also showcases homes, has some of the best vintage photographs and links to other mid-century modern resources.

Eichler Design (Enter the World of Eichler Design) is a really fun site to browse.  Again, great photos, plus original Eichler home brochures!

Hope you enjoy the links.  Please let us know your favorites!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Just Modern adds ModFire outdoor fireplace

We ran across this outdoor fireplace in Dwell and fell in love with it!  It's the ultra cool outdoor fireplace by ModFire, now available at Just Modern.

You know the feeling. You’re lounging around the resort pool in your Prada flip-flops and Gucci shades. Balancing your $20 martini on the poolside bed while trying to maintain your casual cool. Want that same “I’m cooler than you” vibe without leaving your house? Drop an Ultra-lounge white Modfire on your patio and you’ll feel just as cool – and much more comfortable – in your Reef’s, Ray-bans and sipping a $2 Bud longneck out of your own fridge.

All Modfires are handcrafted out of thick fourteen gauge steel and colorfully coated in hi-temp paint. This shiny blue icon is designed to be an heirloom that lasts a lifetime. At 48″ tall and 22″ wide Modfire is a dramatic departure from tired, boring fireplaces.

This unit comes standard with our Gas Burner Upgrade Kit (price for kit included in the Modfire price).
All Modfires arrive assembled and are shipped via UPS ground from downtown Phoenix, AZ Studio.
Your Modfire includes a colorful coated outer skin in glossy hi-temp paint and a black coated inner skin. The hand hammered 14" fire bowl includes a dual gas burner.
Full Dimensions: 47" Tall and 22" Circumference at the base. Weight 50 lbs.
Shipping within the Continental US is $145. Ships in 4-6 weeks.

Modernism Week's Upcoming Events

Modernism Week's Upcoming Events - Click here to buy tickets

Modernism Week Website - Click here to visit Modernism Week's website

Start planning now! Modernism Week is right around the corner.  It's going to be 11 awesome days of all things mid-century modern.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Just Modern goes retro with Hip Haven

We are very excited to have added the Retro Bullet Planter by Hip Haven to our fiberglass planter collection!

The Retro Bullet Planter by Hip Haven is a unique mid-century modern inspired planter.   "Bullet" planters take their name from their conical bowl shape. Nested in a steel tripod stand, they appear almost ready for take-off. First manufactured in mid-20th century America, the planters reflected the era's fascination with all things "space age" and "modern."
Technological advancements in the 1950’s opened up new avenues for designers, allowing them to build light, durable objects with curves, lines, and integral colors not possible with traditional materials. Fiberglass-reinforced resin was especially popular. Used early-on in crash helmets, this fire-resistant, waterproof material was introduced into a wide variety of household objects from colorful lamp shades, to the classic Eames shell chair, to the bullet planter. Equally suited to a Modernist urban apartment as to the new crop of Atomic Era ranch homes, the colorful planters were an instant classic.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Just Modern adds Chandra Rugs

Chandra rugs are the newest addition to the Just Modern collection of mid-century modern inspired home decor items.  Each (173) have been individually selected to complement mcm homes and design.

These high quality rugs are either hand-woven, tufted or knotted, made in India using fine New Zealand wool.

Friday, September 30, 2011

What happened to glamour?

Question of the day:

Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor are true icons whose look, style and beauty are an inspiration.  What ever happened to real glamour?  Will it ever come back?

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Just Modern's New Design Page

Today we added a new Design Page to our site.  It's a great way to see all the product photos without combing through a number of web pages.

The purpose is to give you an idea of how multiple Just Modern products look together, in the same room so to speak.