Modern Bear takes the runway at Lazy Bear Weekend

A Fun and Hilarious evening hosting a spoof of Project Runway at this year’s Lazy Bear Week! With a special appearance by “Heidi and Nina” wink, wink…

Special thanks to Richard Marcotte for photos of the show!

Learn more about Lazy Bear Weekend, and hopefully we’ll see you there next Year!

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Modern Island Retreat

From Home Adore: Situated on Pender Island, near Vancouver, Canada, this amazing vacation home was designed by Johnson + McLeod Design Consultants.

Check out some of these amazing photos, of this gorgeous Mid-Century Modern delight!

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More photos here: http://www.homeadore.com/2014/09/12/island-retreat-johnson-mcleod-design-consultants/

From the Retro Vaults: Vintage Lunch Boxes!

We have a thing for collecting vintage lunch boxes from the 60’s and 70’s, which in the last decade have become hot collectibles! Here are a few of our faves…

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Who doesn’t love the original Planet of the Apes movies from the 60’s and 70’s?

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Woofy Lee Majors as the Six Million Dollar Man was many a young gay man’s first crush, and we were no exception.

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Sure, everybody had a Star Wars lunch box, but the campier TV copycat Battlestar Galactica is much harder to find!

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Does anyone remember this obscure TV series which only lasted two seasons on ABC? Produced by Irwin Allen, Land of the Giants has since become a cult favorite!

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1960’s Lost in Space started out as a smart Sci Fi series about a space age Family Robinson. It quickly devolved into a campy, kitschy show revolving around the very gay Dr. Smith and Robot. Still, it remains a childhood favorite for many.

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The original “Girl Power” epitomized by smart Sabrina, beautiful Kelly, and sexy Kris as Charlie’s Angels, one of the most popular TV shows of the 70’s. By the time this lunch box arrived on shelves, superstar Farrah Fawcett had left for her film career, and replaced by Cheryl Ladd.

For more info and value guides to vintage lunchboxes, visit greatestcollectibles.com

A Modern Rustic Outdoor Feast

Courtesy of Hayneedle.com

“Thanksgiving gets a modern update at Brian Patrick Flynn’s new mountain cabin. Combining elements of rustic wood furnishings with mid-century forms, Brian sets the deck for a cozy and inviting outdoor feast.” – Hayneedle.com

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Mid Century Modern Porn: Hotel Lautner

This is a Modern Bear favorite! An iconic desert hideaway once known as the Desert Hot Springs Motel has been re-imagined today as Hotel Lautner, an award winning, stunning modern day oasis in the desert.

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The owners purchased the famed modernist architect John Lautner’s mid-century property in 2008 and spent 3 ½ years on its meticulous renovation. To bring this resort successfully into the 21st century, the owners/designers were careful to remain tastefully true to the gestalt of the original design. It has been accurately described as a “hybrid” between luxury vacation rental property and micro-boutique hotel.

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Guests are encouraged to live the Mid-Century Modern “Lautner Lifestyle” in their own private flat equipped with all the creature comforts of a “home away from home”. One can also rent out the entire compound for the ultimate retreat with family and friends. We recently attended a friend’s wedding ceremony and reception there, a magical setting featuring candle lit tables at twilight surrounded by the desert mountains.

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The hotel is comprised of four ingenious interlocking structures. The dramatic play of light throughout the day and night is achieved with the thoughtful use of skylights and glass walls. An impressive succulent garden wraps each unit on three sides giving the guest the magical feeling of living in a terrarium.

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The outdoor patios and garden areas are four steps up giving the room a feeling of being nestled in the desert earth. Each of the four units is remarkably spacious and is uniquely appointed with luxurious vintage modern furnishings and boutique hotel amenities.

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We loved the Saline Plunge Pool with built in seating, large enough to accommodate 8 people, and the adjacent lounge area and outdoor shower. There is also a dramatic Communal Fire Pit Lounge with cushions and pillows, with an Infrared BBQ and dining area located next to the fire pit lounge. Classic butterfly chairs are located throughout the compound.

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Hotel Lautner is located just 10 minutes north of downtown Palm Springs where guests can enjoy fantastic restaurants, vintage modern shopping and mid-century modern architecture. If you’re looking for a unique get-away from crowds but still want to be close enough to drive to clubs, dining, and shopping, we highly recommend this fabulous modern gem in the sunny California desert!

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