Showing posts from May, 2013

Eliot Noyes

Eliot Noyes (1910-1977) designed the IBM Selectric typewriter.
Noyes probably doesn't pop into your head when thinking about modern architecture and design heroes —
even though he was actually a major figure in the modern design movement.He defined the NY MoMA's design program 
in the 1940's—he actually created the definition for "Good Design" and produced some of the most important 
 exhibitions relating to modern design, like Organic Design in Home Furnishing. He also brought Paul Rand and the 
Eames (along with several other major figures) to IBM. He was the father of corporate design identity 
in modern America, first with IBM, then with Westinghouse and Mobil. Basicaly, he was a big deal.
Image: Rowe

Noyes was heavily influenced by the Bauhaus, which is not surprising since he studied architecture at Harvard under Bauhaus 
founder Walter Gropius. Josef Albers and Marcel Breuer were also teaching at Harvard during that time.  In fact, Noyes 
worked for Breuer and Grop…

CSH 20 / Neutra

Arts & Architecture Case Study House 20 / Bailey House for Dr. Stuart Bailey by Richard Neutra, 1948 There are actually two CSH 20's. The other is the Saul Bass House by Buff and Hensmen, 1958
The house is on a private drive off Chautauqua Boulevard/ AKA Case Study House Central CSH 8 (Eames House) ,9 (Eames/Saarinen Entenza House), 20 and 18 (Rodney Walker's West House)  are all neighbors.  All the land once belonged to Arts & Architecture owner and editor, John Entenza. He purchased the property in 1945. Neutra designed two additions to the house, one in 1950 and the other in 1958. Photo: Julius Shulman   Source: Getty Research Institute
Photo: Julius Shulman   Source: Getty Research Institute
Photo: Julius Shulman   Source: Getty Research Institute
Source: Neutra. Complete Works by Barbara Lamprecht, Julius Shulman, Peter Gössel
That's a nice set up: Eames, Alan Gould, Jens Risom.  Part of being part of the Case Study Program was that the client received  discounts on the fur…

George Nelson / 105

George Nelson would have been 105 today.

George Nelson presents a history of weapon technology...  Which is also "..a scathing commentary on the arms race during the Cold War." It's not really the cheeriest video for his birthday, but interesting nonetheless.

Eames House / CSH 8

Yeah, another Eames House post.

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Important Design / Wright

It doesn't get much more important than this, an Eames / Saarinen chair from  the 1940 MoMA Organic Design in Home Furnishings competition, 1940. Image: Wright
Detail Image: Wright
Remember this one?
Isamu Noguchi IN-22 "rudder" dining set for Herman Miller Image: Wright
Stools Image: Wright
Really, the first time ever?  What about this? I guess technically that set was in separate lots,  but come on, it's the same exact set.
Image: Wright
One of many great Natzlers in the sale. Image: Wright
Here's another. This is a pretty unusual form and glaze for a Natzler. Image: Wright
Frank Lloyd Wright lamp Image: Wright
Marcel Breuer tapestry, for the haus Image: Wright