MID-CENTURY MOD DESIGNED BY PAUL MILLER – PHOTO BY MAX TATCH

arcadia designed by paul miller assoc pix max tatch

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  1. Now thats the sort of modern I can like.I am not all oak beams and medieval.I have a rather stylish table/desk by E Gomm{G Plan} that starred in a scene in the first Bond film Dr No.Not sad to say the actual one.I plan to team it with a couple of Sussex chairs by William Morris one day,I know already they look good being in ebonised wood,but they are rather delicate and in need of some restoration.

    • Did Ken Adam design “Dr. No”? I think I met his art director who became a very distinguished designer in his own right… Now I have to review the film to spot your desk! AND I am sitting on the floor typing on the coffee table with a Morris Chair behind me 😉

      • I dont know actually Vickie.The desk/table is in fact from the fifties and appears in a sequence in which Bond is in a hotel?I think that there might be a bottle of wine on the table.The desk/table was a steal at about twenty pounds and the Morris Sussex rush seated chairs were an incredible twenty five pounds for the pair from of all places a second hand office furniture shop who had no idea what they were.What a co-incidence by the way re your having a Morris chair at hand.

      • Yes a different type of chair Vickie.The ones I have are very light and thin.I had a third from another source that someone had actually badly painted white.It is in the loft having been virtually destroyed by a neighbours child who having been explicitly told not to touch it went and stood on it,going right through the seat.The child who was generally badly behaved was never invited to our house again.

      • I remember as a child being particularly fascinated by the iron rod and the apparatus on the back that could recline the chair at various angles. It’s a testament to how sturdy it is that it survived both myself and my three older siblings.

    • I lived, once upon a time, in a very similar house in the Hollywood Hills. It was fab, except for the little baby skunks who would walk blindly into those huge plate glass windows.

  2. Dearest V
    My great aunt and uncle had ‘An American Style Home’ that bore a striking resemblance to this too, unfortunately it had rather been transposed to Welsh weather which it found itself particularly unsuited to. My primary memory of it is drafts… until they spend what was then a fortune on very new-fangled double-glazing!!
    Yoours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

    • Oh baby – there’s a reason why these houses are so popular in SUNNY Southern California – and you just spelled it out. Even so, come Christmas, the coldest time of year here, you’ll be going to bed in flannel pajamas and socks with your head buried under the duvet. That said – it is untypically pouring down rain here today and I have the heat on!

  3. One rarely thinks of the mid-century as a Zen era, but this room & garden combo is powerfully reminiscent of the elegant care and clarity in Japanese gardening. Is it possible that housewives such as these found a meditative peace unrelated to Valium in caring for such homes?

    • I can quite see your point.Well there certainly was quite an interest in Zen from the fifties onwards in America.I am thinking here of The Beats,Paul Reps,Alan Watts etc.Yes the room and garden combo is powerfully reminiscent of that aesthetic.You have given me some food for thought.

    • Or watching the bamboo grow into a veritable forest – actually I’m thinking of one home in particular that was similar in design that I visited frequently and what had once been a restrained Japanese garden had gone wild – very soothing, without the sleepy quality of Valium 😉

      • Hmmm Chenille I hope so.Cant get enough chenille.I just love the material.Well if it looks alive I might be in danger of being eaten by a couple of my bigger cushions.What a fate.

      • I will have to look up Balinese gardens.I am usually pretty well informed with regard to the visual arts or at least so I think,but when I think of Balinese I do not have any recall as to what a garden would look like

        I enjoy being sent off like this on little information gathering trips.

      • Well Heather in Aries tip has been pursued and I am impressed with Balinese gardens.They seem very exotic and nothing impresses me more than the exotic except perhaps the eccentric{and often they blend for me}

        I have borrowed a few pictures for my collection of images from around the World and without doubt will find a few more.

        Noticed some statues of Ganesha the elephant god in some of the gardens.Now thats one I have never been able to take quite seriously, as I have never seen an image of him without thinking of Dumbo with a hat and bangles.Always makes me smile though.

      • Sounds exotic and lovely – currently we’re considering landscaping with drought in mind for the back garden. Lots of Mediterranean plants and crushed granite paths.

  4. Vickie,Thank you.I like to amuse,despite the fact that some people just do not get my humour.Fabulous and funny in but one line.My ego shall know no limits.

    Pretty sure I once read a story in which a person was eaten my their sofa-cushions would be a first.

  5. Paula Miller Klein

    My father, Paul Miller, designed this classic mid-century home for my grandparents, Lazar and Katie Samarzich, who were his in-laws. My dad was 24 years old, with two kids, and was stationed at Fort Ord in Northern California when he began the drawings for this home in Arcadia. He worked on the plans on his foot locker and brought them home on his leaves, or sent them back with my mom when she visited him. My parents went on to have 12 children, most of whom, along with numerous cousins, spent countless nights sleeping over at our grandparent’s home and playing in the large back yard. I have vivid memories of each room, and many photos of our family gatherings at the house. Built-ins were abundant in every room…..a bar, movie screen, and hidden film projector area in the den, a large flagstone planter in the entry, desks and vanities in the bedrooms, a buffet in the dining room, and an eye-level refrigerator in the kitchen. My grandmother sold the home in 1980, and the last time I checked, the second owners still live there. Over the years, they have graciously opened the doors of the home to some of my siblings and cousins who wanted to peek in and revisit some memories. I drive by quite regularly, but chose to let my memories of the inside reside in a corner of my heart.

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