Memphis group member and industrial designer Nathalie du Pasquier is still working today; check out some of her paintings from 2012.∞
DAILY PIC: One of the sexiest centerfolds, no?, from the history of Playboy: A bunch of mid-century modern designers, including Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia and Charles Eames, pictured in the July 1961 issue. It starred in a recent lecture at the Artist’s Institute by the great architectural historian Beatriz Colomina. Colomina presented research by her team at Princeton showing how, throughout the 1950s and 60s, Playboy magazine was a crucial promoter of modern design…. Any architect featured in Playboy – Mies and Wright and Bucky Fuller, but also the radicals at Ant Farm and Yale’s dean of architecture – “becomes a model poised at the very heart of the Playboy dream,” said Colomina…. Rather than pretending to buy the mag for the writing and really ogling the girls, which was the classic Playboy-reader excuse, many playboys were pretending to buy for the babes, while actually hunting for decorator tips. “Architecture turned out to be much more seductive than the Playmates,” Colomina said.
Jack Lenor Larsen designed the textile “Jason” (on top) for curtains in the Miller House’s Living Room, Dining Room, and Den (TV Room). The textile on the bottom, also designed by Larsen, was used to make sheers or “glass curtains.” For more on Larsen’s design process, see the recent Q&A with him in Dwell magazine.
Textile sample (11.5 x 11.5 in.) of hand-woven vertically striped fabric (“Jason”) designed by Jack Lenor Larsen; textile sample (11.5 x 11.5 in.) of hand-woven fabric designed by Jack Lenor Larsen, 1956, 91/57, Miller House and Garden Collection, IMA Archives, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana. (MHG_IVi_B091_f057_001, 003)
Last week in Austin I had the chance for a little architecture sleuthing. Since I was reporting a home designed by local architect A.D. Stenger, a friend drove me around to find other Stenger homes in the area. My favorite was this glass-walled beauty (which you can see straight through!) with a simple floorplan and covered carport at right. Turns out this home at 1904 Arthur Lane was Stenger’s very first, designed in 1949 for his family while he was still in school at UT Austin.∞
Luscious Norman McGrath photos of the house Charles Gwathmey built for his parents in Amagansett. This never gets old.∞
Design legend Milton Glaser has a new piece in Dwell’s July/August issue. And with it, he sent along a documentary on the Color Fuses mural he designed for a federal building in Indianapolis, Indiana. Here are two still images, shot by the filmmaker Mark Williams. (Watch the 14-minute-long mini-doc here.)∞
Nancy Kriplen’s article “An Indiana Town Where Big Names Built” (New York Times, 10 May 2013) chronicles the impact J. Irwin Miller had on the architecture of Columbus, Indiana. When New York Times’ Home News Editor Cynthia Kellogg wrote to Irwin Miller in 1957 asking for permission to publish the Miller House “in a dignified manner,” Mr. Miller replied that he and Mrs. Miller had not yet made up their minds. The house was published in Architectural Forum (September 1958) and House and Garden (February 1959), but not in the New York Times.