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Alison King's Modern Phoenix Home

Since 2003, Alison King and her husband Matthew have been toiling to bring you the most comprehensive guide to all things mid-century modern in Phoenix

Their website, aptly called Modern Phoenix, gathers photos, stories, maps, community discussions, and a few basic principles they've applied to their own home.

Her Phoenix house was one of the first built by Ralph Haver in 1946, and is next door to the architect's first project and former residence. At 880 square feet, two bedrooms, and one bath, King says the space in the house is organized to accommodate all of family's activities while retaining a feeling of openness.

"This is the one where [Haver] really started getting that clean, indoor/outdoor living, modernized, streamlined style," she says.

Read more about Alison's home and see a slideshow after the jump ...  

Alison's interior style is largely inspired by her day-to-day life -- she's an associate professor at the Art Institute of Phoenix, an avid modern design researcher, and a co-contributor to several local architecture books including Midcentury Marvels: Commercial Architecture of Phoenix 1945-1975 and Ralph Burgess Haver: Everyman's Modernist.

But in addition to good design, Alison stresses the importance of personal knickknacks and items that give a space warmth: "Have heirlooms that are meaningful to you in your space, that are one of a kind, and that are irreplaceable to you so that your home doesn't look like a catalog."

The King's large living room is full of time-period furniture and eclectic decorations; vintage Danish sofas from Phoenix Metro Retro complement the two modern Eames chairs and row of industrial lockers salvaged from a closing drug store .


Many of the furnishings have meaningful stories -- some have been with them for years, others are more recent acquisitions, but every piece adds to the narrative of the home.

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"[The Eames chairs are] amazingly comfortable, they're amazingly beautiful, but they're also 1946 design," she says. "So I purchased them as a tribute to the house and to position the house and the chairs in the same time period because I do have a lot of eclecticism with the 1960s and the 1980s."


When she's not in her narrow galley kitchen or spacious living room, you can find Alison (and maybe catch a glimpse of a few neighborhood cats) in in the King's backyard that's protected by a weathering steel fence and is full of potted plants, a couple of raised bed gardens, and a retro Shasta trailer.

The trailer, also purchased from Phoenix Metro Retro, was restored and outfitted with Danish wooden furnishings by Tom Butler and Karl Reese. While the family has yet to take it on the road, King uses it as an office and for small dinner parties.

Check out a slideshow of the King's Haver home right here.

Note: This post has been edited from its original version to include accurate information.

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