Tomorrow, April 18, 2014 will be remembered as a sad day to all lovers of architecture and to those who are concerned with issues of preservation. Tomorrow, MoMA will start the demotion of the beautiful bronze-façade building, the former home of the American Folk Art Museum. The building, which was designed by Tod William and Billie Tsien was acquired by MoMA in 2011.
For those who missed the fabulous show which highlights the contribution of California to midcentury modern design at LACMA, now it is on show at PMB. During the interwar and postwar years, California had a key role in shaping material culture and modern design. The work of legendary designers such as Charles and Ray Eames, Richard Neutra, and Greta Magnusson Grossman are explored, as is the sociological and geographical context which gave rise to this unprecedented design movement.
The most extraordinary pair of Paul Evans Studio Welded Steel Sling Chairs, which he crafted in 1965 are being offered at Todd Merrill Gallery. A graduate of the metal-smithing program at the legendary School of American Crafts, Paul Evans Evans worked with metal in a way no other designer had ever done before or since, arranging metal panels into rich quilt patterns. According to Jeffrey Head, Evans created no more than 75 pieces in these angular forms, turning intricate textures into his own signature expression, a mode that corresponded with the Brutalist Architecture that was sweeping America. My video on Evans is below.
Congratulating my dear friends Alberto Aquilino and Mira Nakashima for a great exhibition just opened at Alberto's fabulous gallery, 1950, featuring the work of George Nakashima and his daughter Mira. Nakashima was an architect who called himself a woodworker. For nearly five decades, he lived in New Hope Pennsylvania, creating furniture out of magnificent planks of wood. He established himself as one of the fathers of the American Studio
The LC4 Chaise Longue, designed in 1928 by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand, is one of the most iconic pieces of furniture in history, reflecting the faith in machine aesthetics, hygiene, and comfort that stood at the core of the Modern Movement. It is produced by Cassina’s Masters Collection under a license from the Le Corbusier Foundation. Now, Cassina, in collaboration with Louis Vuitton, has issued a special edition, called LC4 CP,
When I was in my 20s, I was wearing Comme des Carcons. It was the 80s, and the store in SoHo was perhaps the most cutting-edge space you could experience in Manhattan. So, I was pleased to read that Raw Vision, the internationally renowned magazine of Outsider Art, which turns 25 years old this year is collaborating with Comme des Garçons and its imaginative mind, fashion designer Rei Kawakubo to celebrate the occasion.
Loved, loved, and leant so much when visiting Gal Goldner and Iftah Geva, who are known as Goldner/Geva at a factory for unamanned aerial vehicles in south of Israel last weekend. The two young designers are working on three new and stunning pieces, crafted exclusively out of carton fiber and will be shown by Moderne Gallery at the upcoming Collective 2 Design Fair in NY. Carbon fiber is a material made of carbon atoms, which are bonded together in crystals woven into fabric, a material adopted by designers for its remarkable effect. It is the first time I have witnessed the process of working with the material, which is labor intensive and totally fascinating.
He was born 113 years ago, Jean Prouvé, one of the greatest French designers of the 20th century, With a career that spanned over six decades, he was working as a craftsman, designer, manufacturer, architect, teacher,and engineer, changing the course of French modern design and allowing millions of French people in France and the African colonies to live with modern design, meaning with the light-weight metal furniture that he produced of folded steel and aluminum.
In its upcoming 20th and 21st Century Design auction, Heritage offers a section of Dutch renaissance design of the 90s.
"Dear Mrs. Freeman: I am glad to know that you are still happily 'at home," wrote Frank Lloyd Wright to his patrons whose house he built in the Hollywood Hills. Now a book documenting the preservation of that house has won the Mary Washington Center for Historic Preservation's Book Prize. The book, entitled Saving Wright. tells the story of the Freeman House, which was given to the University of Southern California, and serves today as a valuable case study because it serves as a test of established preservation procedures and protocols, of building forensics and conservation techniques, and of the meaning of a historic site to overlapping and not necessarily compatible communities.
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