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November 12, 2010

MCM Home Improvement: Patterned Glass

By Sablemable aka Jan

While I was musing about what I would present today and turned to my vintage mags for inspiration, I saw this ad and thought, yeah!  Patterned glass!  Absolutely, undoubtedly Mid-Century Modern!


Although many of the glass companies during that era are now defunct, including the Blue Ridge Patterned Glass Corporation, there are new companies, hundreds of them to find online that are manufacturing patterned glass of old school and new school designs.  But, being a strict detailist, I’m only going to show you those that would look smashing (pun intended) in our homes.

Room dividers and MCM homes go hand in hand. 



This particular pattern is known as reed or reeded and I remember seeing this pattern back in the Fifties in both residential and commercial buildings, particularly doctors’ offices.


This one company used a vintage Jack-in-the box to showcase their reeded design.  Caught my attention.



I wasn’t able to find this particular pattern, but someone out there makes it, I’m sure.


What’s in your homes, readers?

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4 Responses to MCM Home Improvement: Patterned Glass

  1. Barbara Reply

    November 12, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Ack! Freaky-assed Jack in the box! NOOOOOOOOOOO!

  2. Shannon Reply

    November 12, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    I have a front entry wall divider of reeded glass. I’ve always liked that style of glass. If the house had been built 5 years later there’d probably been a plastic amber panel instead.

  3. sablemable Reply

    November 12, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Barbara! LOL, he IS kind of spooky!

    Shannon! My ’58 ranch, when the kitchen entry was widened during the late Sixties, the old entryway has the dreaded plastic-amber-panel. Yuck!

  4. Jamie in Hollywood Reply

    November 14, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Hello, Mabel! Thank you so much for this! It comes at a good time as I am looking to find the perfect front door for my MCM house in the desert. I really want to get something that is in keeping with the architecture and design. It was built in the early 60’s and I want a true MCM patterned glass door. I wish I had access to those vintage mags of yours! Any suggestions on where I can find them? Also, any hints on favorite companies would be appreciated. It’s amazing how expensive doors are! I had no idea. However, now that I know I’m going to have to spend some real money on it I want to go all out and get something with which I can be really happy. That reeded design reminds me of the doctor’s office, too.

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