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July 24, 2010 Mid-Century Modern

Modern Capital’s Pad Places 2nd in Post’s ‘Mad Men’ Look Contest

A shot of our cathedral ceiling living room. George Nelson lamp hanging from the 12-foot ceiling and art by Campbell Laird.

‘Mad Men’ meets Modern Capital. Our do-it-yourself interior design helped my wife and me garner second place in the Washington Post’s ‘Mad Men’ look contest that is running in the Saturday Real Estate section. (Jen Sergent broke the news here Friday morning. Also, check out her piece on the influence growing up in Hollin Hills had on ‘Mad Men’ set designer Dan Bishop.)

“Runner-up in the ‘Mad Men’ Look contest is Michael Shapiro of Bethesda, known online as ‘midcenturymike,’ Elizabeth Razzi reports. “Post judges were taken with his mix of vintage and new furnishings, particularly the vintage white Eames pedestal table and dining chairs in white and chartreuse, topped with a new George Nelson bubble lamp. Shapiro, 37, and his wife, Elissa, 36, live in a 1956 brick split-level with a carport. ‘It’s not the ultramodern that I want, but we’ll get there someday,’ he said. What draws him to these styles? ‘It’s very simple: clean lines. To me, that’s perfection,’ he said.”

The judges liked our vintage Eames table and fiberglass shell chairs and new Nelson saucer.

The den mixes vintage Saarinen chairs you can find at Sterling Cooper (they are blue on the show) with a new Saarinen coffee table.

We found the Eames table and chairs at Modern Capital sponsor Home Anthology, which just was named in Baltimore Magazine’s Best of Baltimore issue. (Go check out their current anniversary sale.) Hats off to the winners, Christoper Naughton and Melissa Talley. I remember touring their mid-century modern when it was on the market a few years ago; I found it soon after we closed on our house. I’m glad true aficionados bought the house and have outfitted it so well.

Our next project is going to focus on a restoration of the kitchen, which has been damaged by bad updating. I can barely go in there it is so bad. Stay tuned for that fun.