March 24, 2014Reproduction Mid-Century Modern Furniture at the Hyatt in Minneapolis
Sometimes it can be really annoying how trendy mid-century modern has become. Especially when you are trying to thrift or buy stuff at a garage sale and everything is either picked over or priced outrageously or just plain marked wrong. I mean come on, stuff from the 1980’s is NOT mid-century.
But sometimes that popularity can be really comforting.
This is the interior of the Hyatt in Minneapolis, and this hotel was recently redone in ALL mid-century modern, from the lobby to the restaurant to the rooms.
And when you are walking around the lobby of the hotel at six in the morning, bouncing a sick baby up and down on your shoulder after a night of no sleep, there is something really gratifying about being able to sit in a piece of mid-century furniture.
Even if it is repro furniture. Even if it isn’t all mid-century modern and is mixed eras, it there is something relaxing about the familiar.
If you look closely in the back of this photo, you can see Tom trying to get Alex calmed down. Luckily, most of the people in the lobby had a good sense of humor about a screaming baby. All the looks we got were filled with good-natured pity or humor.
The weekend wasn’t the greatest. Alex didn’t sleep well, traveling was horrible, it was freezing outside but for some reason it was ridiculously hot inside all the buildings. I hate staying in hotels and I had to stand up in front of a bunch of people, which I always hate doing.
But even though we were far away from home, the hotel seemed familiar somehow. The mid-century lines were comforting to the eye when I was up at three in the morning, when I was jamming on my shoes a moment before we had to run out the door and in the exhausted sprawl in the afternoon between wedding photos.
So, sometimes I’m not sorry that mid-century is popular. Especially when it makes the unfamiliar seem like home.