Unlocking the Magic of Mid-Century Modern Design

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Seattle, Washington

Unlocking the Magic of Mid-Century Modern Design

Learn about design trends and furniture restoration from Karl Hackett of Jacob Willard Home.

How is it possible that a piece of furniture is both antique and modern?  What exactly is “mid-century modern” design?  And how do design enthusiasts repair and restore vintage pieces while keeping their essence intact?

Join Field Agent Christopher Blado for an exploration of mid-century modern furniture with Karl Hackett of Jacob Willard Home. Referred to as “a walking index of design” by City Arts magazine, Karl offers his expertise and enthusiasm for timeless home design to the Atlas Obscura Society Seattle at his storefront in Seattle’s Hillman City neighborhood. We’ll hear about the variety of design trends and principles that converged to create what is commonly known as “mid-century modern” furniture.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn about furniture restoration as Karl demonstrates his approach to bringing new life to classic pieces. Weather permitting, we’ll be able to watch Karl in action as he shows us how to return well-worn vintage pieces to their former glory.  Attendees are encouraged to bring their questions.  From the history of regional design movements to construction methods and materials, Karl’s expansive knowledge of modern design is sure to inspire design veterans and budding enthusiasts alike.

Additional details:

  • This is an “eyes and ears” event, so please don’t ask to handle the tools yourself.
  • The 7 and 9 King County Metro bus routes serve this location.
  • Arrive early if you plan on using street parking.
  • Wear comfortable shoes, you'll be standing for the duration of the program.


Email Shin Yu Pai at ShinYu.Pai@atlasobscura.com.

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