Kevin's Haven of Mid-Century Modern Classics

Kevin's Haven of Mid-Century Modern Classics

Catrin Morris
Oct 20, 2011

Kevin bought his Adams Morgan apartment in the summer of 2005 and decorated it fairly slowly over the course of a year or so. Most of the major pieces are vintage originals that he had re-covered (including the Florence Knoll sofa and credenza, the womb settee and the Nelson clocks).

Kevin says, "I definitely recommend going vintage if you have the patience and the money. It can take a while to find things you like, but you usually wind up saving money even after the cost of restoration, and it holds its value well. Plus, the hunt is part of the fun."

It's easy to go over-the-top with iconic MCM pieces, a temptation to which Kevin admits he may have may have fallen prey, but he says "I simply bought what I liked. And it turned out many of them were classics."

Built almost a hundred years ago, the house was converted into condos in the 1980s. Kevin took these photos several years ago. Since that time, Kevin's fiancé Anne has moved in. The next step for them is "getting some original (and more interesting) art on the walls." Currently, there are reproductions on the wall because he didn't feel quite ready to sink major money into art yet, so he bought a couple repros to put up until he find something better. "I think buying art is best done over time as you find things you really appreciate," Kevin explains.

Shown Above:
• Living room: In the foreground: Florence Knoll sofa, Tolomeo Mega floor lamp, Nelson Starburst clock.
• Bay window: Knoll Womb Settee, Noguchi Cyclone table, Nelson, Eames fabrics on window bench
• Under stairs: Nelson miniature chest
• Dining room: Florence Knoll credenza, Cherner chair, Eames chair, Noguchi floor lamp, Flos Spun table lamp
• Dining room: Cherner chairs and table, Russel Wright, Eva Zeisel, Ben Seibel pottery on shelves

Images: Kevin

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