Thursday, August 16

Surf Style.

I've been thinking about how the mid-century modern look is a great compliment to the mod, surf style of the 60's. The sleek lines of the furniture seem to jive well with the lean look of a long board, or the motif of some cool surfer jams. Artwork like Matte Stephen's blends together in a cool, grab-me-the-bongos and light the bonfire, kinda way. I put together a montage of that casual surfer-chic aesthetic, just for some summer fun. Put on some Pet Sounds and take a look.

Some good resources for the carefree, but upbeat California look are Urban Outfitters, Beach House Style, perhaps a Nelson Bench or a Saarinen coffee table from DWR or some funky, fun print lamps from Design Public. And designers like Orla Kiely, Wary Meyers and Todd Oldham have surf culture written all over them. Inspiration comes from everywhere. Hang ten.


Sources for montage images: Lamps are from Design Public; 1971 Poster via iso50; mid-century End Table from Urban Outfitters; Double Sided Vivien print by Matte Stephen's; fabrics from Amy Butler.

For a larger look, visit my flickr photos.

12 comments:

Leigh said...

I love all of your photo groupings. They remind me of a Denyse Schmidt quilt. I've had quilts and umbrellas on the brain, so I especially like the last grouping you have here with the umbrella square. I just experimented with making it my desktop background. Desktop picture quilt. Looks good!

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Anonymous said...

Ah! I'm going crazy trying to find the post aboutr those cool retro seventies posters like the "1971" poster in the upper right hand corner of the mosaic. Can someone please direct me to posting/link? Thanks!

sfgirlbybay said...

Don't go crazy - here you go:

http://www.merchline.com/iso50/

cindy@staged4more said...

ah thanks! i really like your groupings as well. can you tell me where you found the lamps in the first grouping?

THANKS!

sfgirlbybay said...

you can find the lighting at Design Public:

http://www.designpublic.com/shop/lighting

poppy said...

while growing up in cold canada, i always longed to be a surfer and living in a beach house and at the beach all day long, so this look really pulls me in - love them all!

dianamuse said...

These are great! And the set of fabrics--or wallpapers? or both?--in the second group is beautiful. Looks like some Amy Butler in there, no?

And Matte Stephens. The coolest.

Jon said...

Interesting mix of vernaculars... ironically there is similar historic approaches if you really simplify things... I think both "concepts" were attempting to live in the present. Pretty cool.

dianamuse said...

Oh. Fabrics. Amy Butler. Now I see your source list. Doh! Beautiful post, as always.

robyn said...

Nice post, love the whole surf era, mid century, beachy thing. Great colors too. Thanks.

Jess said...

I love your blog! The style is so cool on here. I was searching for inspiration for a post on my blog ( http://jesshuey.blogspot.com/ ), when I came across yours. Its great:)