Promoting midcentury modernism to the Bluegrass and beyond.

Out & About will alert you to opportunities and events in Kentucky that may be of interest to fans of modernism throughout the Commonwealth. Topics covered may include midcentury exhibitions, stores, furniture sales, lectures, open houses, and more.

♦ April 24, 2010 ♦

The Streamlined Decade - Donald J. BushWell, it has been a minute since I have reported in. A week ago I took a day off work to photograph some cool houses, but along the way had to hit some thrifts and resale shops. Bad day for vintage clothes and no interesting trinkets either…but some cool media. The International Book Project is a great place to shop for some really cheap books while supporting a good cause. I found “The Streamlined Decade” and for a cool $3 have spent hours checking out some great machine age products and design. From Norman Bel Geddes’ futuristic plans for a revolving restaurant to the great Raymond Loewy and Otto Kuhler’s fabulous streamlined trains to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Johnson Wax Building to the designs of Buckminster Fuller…this was money well spent! The art and architecture books on hand are usually a surprise, but always affordable and support a great cause. Visit these fine folks.

conversations regarding the future of architectureThe battered vinyl section of any thrift is barely worth a second look these days, so when you do pull a gem out of the death-grip of Ferrante and/or Teicher or the Melachrino Strings it is a good day. Dig the cool cover on “Conversations Regarding the Future of Architecture”. Seven powerhouses lay it out: Mies van der Rohe, Walter Gropius, Richard Neutra, Eero Saarinen, Philip Johnson, Ernest Kump, and Gordon Bunshaft. I can’t wait to see what the future from 1956 looks like whirling into my brain at 33 1/3 rpms.  Suck it, iTunes!

Int’l Book Project
1440 Delaware Ave
Lexington, KY 40505

130 West New Circle Road # 115
Lexington, KY 40505-1408
(859) 277-3661


♦ Oct 17, 2010 ♦

Red / Black Knoll chairs at Spivs

Happened to be cruising down High Street today when these Knoll chairs caught my eye. Spivs is a pretty new store on the Lexington scene, but many locals know owner Scott Saxon from his legendary yard sales and previous store Jonk. If you are in the market for some new furnishings give his shop a look. In addition to the Knoll chairs, I spotted a Herman Miller tandem, a few single Herman Miller shell chairs, various mid century modern lamps with two tier fiberglass shades, and some other interesting pics and miscellaneous items. Looks like stuff will be coming and going at random, so worth a stop to see what’s new.

Herman Miller tandem


ph: 859.233.7698
518 E High St
Lexington, KY 40502

(next to the Void Skateshop near Woodland Park)

Tues – Friday: 1p – 7p
Sat: Noon – 7p
Sun: Noon – 5p


  • ♦ October 15, 2010 ♦

    Chrome Eames Era Ball Lamp

    Chrome ball floor lamp from ReStore

  • The new ReStore location on Southland Drive now boasts architectural salvage and furniture under one roof. While shopping for a door, I stumbled upon this cool chrome lamp. A real steal at $40 especially considering the 4 working lightbulbs that came with it. The 5th one ran $4 at the local DIY store. The three way foot switch is smooth and true. A bit of Bar Keepers Friend and the chrome looks good as new.

    Drop in ReStore if you need fixtures for your home or older fixtures for your ranch. It is a great source for period doors and some fixtures. I have seen the elusive powder blue and pink toilets show up there often!