What It’s Like To Live In A 1960s Time Capsule House (Video)
Walking up to Julian Goldklang and Desiree Myers’ home in the Oakland Hills, it’s immediately clear that this is not an ordinary house. The house is circular and was built by architect Leon Meyer in 1967. Even more intriguing is that Goldklang and Myers have filled the entire home with original mid-century furniture, essentially making it a perfectly preserved time capsule house.
Goldklang is the owner of Mid Century Mobler, a furniture dealer specializing in 1950s and 1960s European and Scandinavian pieces. As a result, he gets to travel to countries such as Denmark and Sweden in order to search for and acquire unique mid-century goods. But, the best part of Goldklang’s job is that he gets first dibs on his favorite pieces for his home.
“We actually get to cherry pick some of those best items out of our collection,” he says with a smile. “You’ll see some of those pieces here in our house.”
One of Goldklang’s favorite pieces is an Ib Arberg hanging parrot chair from 1970. The iconic chair hangs from a base like a birdcage and is, according to Goldklang, very comfortable. This sits in the living room, along with another one of Goldklang’s favorite pieces, a red Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates sofa.
Goldklang’s second favorite room in the house is the dual office and second bedroom. In this room, Goldklang loves the Hans Olsen sectional, which is modular and can be rearranged for different seating arrangements. There is also an original 1960s Packard Bell stereo console, which still functions excellently.
“When we have guests over, we actually entertain with this console,” Goldklang says. “When we have a party, there’s always records spinning.”
In the bedroom, Goldklang shows off an Ole Wanscher Senator chair, which he calls one of the most iconic Danish chairs around. Next to the chair, stands a Modeline of California trident lamp.
There is one piece in the bedroom that evidently did not come from the 1960s. “The one modern comfort that we have is our television,” Goldklang admits. “It is the only modern convenience that we have.”
“Well, we have computers, so that’s a lie,” Myers corrects him.
Watch the video above to get the full tour of this incredible 1960s time capsule home.