Call it a hunch, but I'm guessing George Nelson is not someone new to you. Even if you have just the basic interest in modern design, you probably recognize the bubble lamp, maybe even his platform bench. And then there's the marshmallow sofa, the coconut chair, the clock- all created by other designers but stamped with Nelson’s name. So you get it, he’s an icon, a pivotal player in American modernism. You've heard it all before, and you love his work.
It’s Memorial Day, and you’re probably sitting by the pool right now (hopefully drinking one of these). So I’ll make this one short.
Call it an architectural wonder or a modern oddity- the Snow Flake Motel is today's midMOD monday.
It's probably no big surprise that I’m a huge fan of Alexander Girard's quirky, geometric whimsy. In many ways, his joyful take on interiors stands in contrast to the cold machine aesthetic of the International Style. But in general, I think people respond to color, and Girard created meaningful, joyful, and modern living spaces (well received by the public, no less).
It just so happens that the legendary postwar designer shares a birthday with Florence Knoll, so to start your weekend, here are the top ten things you should know about the great Alexander Girard.
Florence Knoll Bassett (1917-), pioneer of midcentury modernism and unrivaled creative force celebrates her 100th birthday today. There are very few designers with a legacy as remarkable as hers- architectural prodigy, protégé of Eliel Saarinen and Mies, director of the revolutionary “Knoll Planning Unit,” designer of iconic furniture still in production, President of Knoll, and all around innovator that ruled modern design and shaped America’s tastes. By defining the modern interior, Knoll changed the face of the design industry and revolutionized the way we live and work.
Just don’t call her a “decorator.”
Last week, we celebrated Walter Gropius' birthday with his house in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Coincidentally, Marcel Breuer, another Modernist giant who just so happened to be Gropius’ partner and protégé, is also celebrating a birthday this month. The Hungarian-born, AIA Gold Medal winning, iconic twentieth-century architect was born on this day 115 years ago. So here’s a little Marcel for today's MOD Monday.
Yes, this was an actual design movement.
The Memphis Group on today's claass HAUS.
Looks like we're back to dreaming about the California coast- Lloyd Wright's Wayfarers Chapel is today's midMOD monday.
In honor of Mother's Day this weekend, let's celebrate with the first (generally accepted) example of postmodernism- "Mother's House" by Robert Venturi on claass HAUS today.
Still need a gift for the mom in your life? I just so happen to have a few ideas.
This architectural historian cannot stop thinking about buildings, food, and that vintage rug she found online.