November 4, 2013

blakegopnik:

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.

blakegopnik:

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.

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October 30, 2013

digitizingmillerhouseandgarden:

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 CollectionIMA Archives, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana. (MHG_IVi_B091_f057_001, 003)

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October 21, 2013

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.

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.

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October 9, 2013

MAXIMALISM: The great Max Clendinning at home, shot by photographer Anna Huix (here and here).

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September 19, 2013

Luscious Norman McGrath photos of the house Charles Gwathmey built for his parents in Amagansett. This never gets old.

Luscious Norman McGrath photos of the house Charles Gwathmey built for his parents in Amagansett. This never gets old.

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August 19, 2013

Via subscription to We Think Alone, the email project by Miranda July. 
Image credit: Gjon Mili, Picasso Uses Light Pen and Pablo Picasso, 1948, Getty Images.

  • Via subscription to We Think Alone, the email project by Miranda July. 
  • Image credit: Gjon Mili, Picasso Uses Light Pen and Pablo Picasso, 1948, Getty Images.

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August 2, 2013

About that time Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown built a McDonald’s in Florida…
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About that time Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown built a McDonald’s in Florida…

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July 31, 2013

[Wednesday wanna-be-weekend summer post]
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[Wednesday wanna-be-weekend summer post]

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July 12, 2013

Cheeses on marble backgrounds. 

Cheeses on marble backgrounds. 

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June 18, 2013

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.)

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June 12, 2013

"Architecture — you know, this one Corbusier lamp was like, my greatest inspiration. I lived in Paris in this loft space and recorded in my living room, and it just had the worst acoustics possible, but also the songs had to be super simple, because if you turned up some complicated sound and a track with too much bass, it’s not going to work in that space. This is earlier this year. I would go to museums and just like, the Louvre would have a furniture exhibit, and I visited it like, five times, even privately. And I would go see actual Corbusier homes in real life and just talk about, you know, why did they design it? They did like, the biggest glass panes that had ever been done. Like I say, I’m a minimalist in a rapper’s body."
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May 13, 2013

digitizingmillerhouseandgarden:

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

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May 2, 2013

Several points to Barbara Kruger. [via Complex]

Several points to Barbara Kruger. [via Complex]

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April 26, 2013

graffitilab:

Walking the Corb
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graffitilab:

Walking the Corb

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