An architectural designer and an artist harnessed the collective power of their design firm to renovate a dilapidated mid-century gem into a hillside perch for their family.Dieter Rams’s modular 620 Chair Programme, from the 1960s, takes center stage in the Alford-Young family’s living room. The set is accompanied by Artemide’s classic Tolomeo floor lamp and a Portofino Bergère chair that was designed by Rodolfo Dordoni for Minotti. The rolling glass doors running the length of the room are from Fleetwood.
Newly minted college graduate Blake Dollahite saw an opportunity in this transitional time to build a foundation for his future. With a small bank loan and a lot of helping hands, Dollahite dove into his first year of freedom by shackling himself to a rundown Austin bungalow and preparing to make it home.The bedroom, shown here, takes up the small second floor of the house.
In Austin, mid-century homes built in the wake of World War II join more traditional vernacular architecture. Mid-century houses are a “small but appreciated minority” in Austin—one can head into Hill Country to spot the strictly vernacular dogtrot-style homes.