Edi­tor’s Let­ter

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Mid­cen­tury Mod­ern homes are al­ways in need of a ren­o­va­tion. No mat­ter the pedi­gree or the re­cently com­pleted project, it’s just the na­ture of own­ing a home that’s more than 60 or so years old. The mod­ern masters knew it even then when cre­at­ing these mar­vels. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe said, “Ar­chi­tec­ture de­pends on its time. It is the crys­tal­liza­tion of its in­ner struc­ture, the slow un­fold­ing of its form.”

Thus we as stew­ards of these homes con­tinue to let them slowly un­fold their form. Whether in the sen­si­tive restora­tions, the care­ful up­dates or the hum­ble ways we per­son­al­ize them for the way we live (and let’s be real, the main­te­nance), a mod­ernist’s work is never done.

Be­sides, as Charles Eames said, and the head­line of this let­ter al­ludes to, “art re­sides in the qual­ity of do­ing.” We MCM fans are ad­dicted to the do­ing, and even when the last project is wrapped, we’d be look­ing for the next de­sign we can tin­ker with.

So it’s no light task, this an­nual Ren­o­va­tion Guide that we create. We bring in our best ex­perts to help teach the cru­cial lessons ev­ery home­owner must learn. We tour im­pres­sive ex­am­ples of ren­o­va­tions in ac­tion, and we cull a breadth of re­sources to equip you with ex­ten­sive in­for­ma­tion to help tackle the many choices that stand be­tween you and your up­graded mid­cen­tury dream home.

It’s a par­tic­u­lar honor for me to step for­ward from be­hind the scenes where I’ve been these past years and be­come the steward of Atomic Ranch. And like any project I’ve tack­led in my own rancher, I do so with ex­cite­ment and honor to carry the torch I re­ceived from those who poured their heart and soul into this spe­cial home be­fore me.

Jickie Tor­res

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