Harry Bertoia- celebrated industrial designer, inspired sculptor, and all around icon of modern design- would have turned 102 years old last Friday. The Italian-born polymath, most known for his wire Diamond Chair, defined an era of American design by creating work free from the formal constraints of European Modernism. He remains renowned not only for his creative genius but for his humility (he rarely signed his work) and experimental engagement with materials, form, and space.
Today, in honor of International Women’s Day, I’m bringing you works by seven exceptional designers, who, yes, all happen to be women. Over the last couple of weeks, as I’ve flipped through all of my old architectural history books (bibles), I was struck by the lack of women represented in the texts, especially those focused on Modernism (embarrassingly, this was not something that impacted me in the same way as a graduate student in my early twenties.)
Are you a design genius? Well, according to this quiz I just might be. And I bet you are too. So you should probably find out.
Last weekend, claass HAUS took a field trip to one of the best flea market/antique shops/centers of vintage kitsch in North Carolina, Sleepy Poet Antique Mall, and per usual, the place was FILLED with amazing furniture and art objects for the modern design seeker.
Here are just a few of my favorites.
Over here at claass HAUS, we are giving one of our bathrooms a little "refresh," meaning some new paint, a new light, and whatever else I can find to spruce the place up a bit. Admittedly, these changes aren't much, but hopefully they will be just enough to make our powder room more livable until a larger construction project is feasible.
During my usual morning article review, I came across this very droolworthy playground that is both design centric and kid friendly. So I started wondering what other beautiful stuff is out there for the well-manicured lawns of architecture- obsessed families.
This is what I found. And I want every single one.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
My toddler loves cookies. He also loves cars. Luckily for him, he’s getting both for Valentine’s Day. This year, my little guy will be partying with his preschool pals, so I made him these cute (and easy) cards to hand out at school.
Yesterday I posted a round of books that would make any kitchen look (and smell) amazing. Today? How about a few books to make your coffee table look a little brighter (and smarter).
Here are three design/architecture books that I really, really want. Like right now.
I read a lot. I cook a lot. I look at buildings. More than a lot. So I need big books with big, beautiful photographs to feel fulfilled. And my house is full of them. So full, I might need to get a storage unit soon. But I digress.
Anyway, today I offer you the food books I’m most craving this month (all three also look pretty good on display). And if you wait very patiently, I'll post the design books tomorrow.
Valentine’s Day is less than a week away, so even though I purchased a gift for my husband a couple of weeks ago (I’m a planner), I’m pretty sure he will be scrambling for something at the very last minute.
So for my husband’s sake, and the sake of all things rosé/blush/pink colored, I offer my Valentine’s Day wish list.
This architectural historian cannot stop thinking about buildings, food, and that vintage rug she found online.