Style File: The Rise Of The Eichler


Mid-century modern design and architecture has enjoyed a serious resurgence over the past decade, thanks to shows like Mad Men.

From Eames chairs to Hans Wegner sofas, it seems that nobody can get enough of this minimalist, streamlined style that was popular from the 30s to the 60s.

A popular architectural style that is enjoying a comeback is the Eichler home, otherwise known as the 'California Modern' style.

The style was made famous by the influential developer Joseph Eichler, who built more than 11,000 homes in real estate subdivisions throughout California, particularly in Los Angles and San Francisco, between 1950-1974. Although he hired architects to design the homes, they were all similar in their simple, clean styles and focus on outdoor/indoor living.

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The Eichler home is often characterised by a central atrium, with the living areas and bedrooms flowing off of it.

Photos of atriums sourced from Houzz

They typically feature glass walls, open plan designs and post and beam construction.

Photos above sourced from Houzz (photos by Mariko Reed)

Photos of living room above sourced from Eichler SoCal

Photos above sourced from Houzz (Bruce Damonte Photography)
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak even grew up in an Eichler home in Sunnyvale in California.

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Nowadays, the style is so popular that an Eichler home can now fetch anywhere upwards from US$900,000.

It's an enduring architectural style that has influenced the design of thousands of homes around the world (Australia's own building company Pettit and Sevitt, which built homes in the 1960s and 1970s, was heavily influenced by Eisler) and helped bring the mid-century modern style back into sharp focus.

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