Mad About Modern Tour 2015

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you probably noticed that Mid-Century modern designs are experiencing a resurgence lately. High Point Spring Market was overflowing with mid-century reinterpretations, and even as the influential Mad Men series comes to a close, this design “re-run” seems to have more lives than a cat. 

This weekend’s 4th bi-annual Mad About Modern Tour, hosted by Historic Charlotte, highlights the Queen City’s take on Mid-Century style. Historic Charlotte’s site synopsizes the distinctive modernist American style period this way: “an architectural, interior, product, and graphic design that generally describes mid-20th century developments in modern design, architecture and urban development from roughly 1933 to 1965.”  

The self-guided tour featured 7 private residences and 2 churches in central Charlotte. In contrast to a museum or model experience, the tour provides a glimpse into various real lifestyles and modern interpretations, each influenced by the spirit and style of mid-century architectural and decorative details in different ways. The result:  a mix of iconic collectibles mingled with custom and kitsch, sleek and antique, from Japanese screens to Jonathan Adler, Frank Lloyd Wright to right now.

What stood out to me overall is the exuberant energy of the style, a sense of fun and fearlessness with color and form. Bold art and stylized lighting were key elements in most spaces. The Schoolmeester residence, my favorite stop on the tour, illustrates these ideas brilliantly.  This couple’s ongoing renovation and restoration to their 1960 home is a great example of today’s trends working in harmony with vintage influences.   

Thanks to all the Homeowners for putting their passions on display for us all, and to Historic Charlotte and the many volunteers for  coordinating this event.  For more info, visit

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