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Too Much is Never Enough: Morris Lapidus’ Postmodern Curves « The Hooded Utilitarian

Too Much is Never Enough: Morris Lapidus’ Postmodern Curves « The Hooded Utilitarian | Mid-Century Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
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Morris Lapidus- Architect | Icon | American Original https://vimeo.com/10274077 video by Chuck Farris * via The Hooded Utilitarian bit.ly/2iiBAAy Too Much is Never Enough: Morris Lapidus’ Postmodern Curves Basically, Morris Lapidus knew the limitations of a straight line. In the 1930s, living in New York and working as a merchandiser, he was already getting customers’ attention through curvilinear ornamental devices that an editor at Pencilpoint magazine described as “bean poles, cheese holes, and woggles. ”Mr. Lapidus knows how to give emotions physical form,” she said. ”His space swirls you; it prompts you to move; it’s an interactive architecture.” Deborah Desilets * video: Morris Lapidus about his reinvention of Lincoln Road into a Pedestrian Mall...."a car never bought anything"...I remember it all....ahhh the Fountainbleau and #Lapidus 's love of the curve (Niemeyeresque) #architecture and the #whimsy of #LincolnRoad 's design and innovative #pesdestrian driven #architecturaldetails. XO a #guyabera my dad wore one every day, perfect for the #Miami climate! #architects #MCM thank you @AliceLowe @ArtandDesignMatters image via wikimedia commons
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Freunde von Freunden — Living Where The Mountains Meet The Sea: Gwen & Gawie Fagan

Freunde von Freunden — Living Where The Mountains Meet The Sea: Gwen & Gawie Fagan | Mid-Century Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
Depending on where you stand, the Fagan’s self-built home ‘Die Es’ has a mountain or seaside backdrop. ‘Die Es’ – meaning ‘the hearth’…
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As one of South Africa’s most celebrated architects, Gawie’s ideas concerning connecting architecture with the natural landscape were revolutionary. Over the years, Gwen played an instrumental role as a historical researcher and landscape planner in Gawie’s practice. Together they share a love of designing new buildings just as much as restoring old ones.
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How American architect Irving Gill helped shape early modernism

How American architect Irving Gill helped shape early modernism | Mid-Century Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
A new symposium seeks to bolster the case that a San Diego architect foreshadowed Modernist design
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Before MCM there was Irving Gill!
Soooo much to learn and so little time..do you know Irving Gill?

"Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, Gropius…. and Gill? A new symposium taking place in San Diego on October 20th, “Irving J. Gill and the Chicago School,” presents new scholarship connecting American architect Irving Gill’s experience in Chicago with his later designs for “buildings of amazing modernity” in early 20th century California, as well as the broader Modernist movement."

Gill quote: In his 1892 essay, Ornament in Architecture, he wrote:
“I take it as self-evident that a building, quite devoid of ornament, may convey a noble and dignified sentiment by virtue of mass and proportion…I should say that it would be greatly for our aesthetic good if we should refrain entirely from the use of ornament for a period of years, in order that our thought might concentrate acutely upon the production of buildings well formed and comely in the nude…”

Gill, “stripped architecture of external ornamentation, and used nature as his ornamentation. "
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Francisco Artigas: A fresh look at a neglected Mexican modernist

Francisco Artigas: A fresh look at a neglected Mexican modernist | Mid-Century Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
In the mid 20th century, Francisco Artigas was one of the best known architects in Mexico. Today he is largely unknown. It's time for a fresh look.
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I enjoyed learning about this important Mexican Modernist, what and who influenced him and his contemporaries. This is a wonderful and well written look back, by Keith Eggener.

"Artigas — like Neutra, Pietro Belluschi, John Yeon, or Harwell Hamilton Harris — mediated the clean lines and cubic forms of the International Style with local materials and site-sensitive planning. Like Neutra, he gave close attention to the lifestyles, cultural practices, and psychological well-being of his occupants."


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Untouched 1953 Marcel Breuer House Asks $1.1M

Untouched 1953 Marcel Breuer House Asks $1.1M | Mid-Century Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
Designed for sociologist and Princeton University professor Marion Levy Jr., the home has stayed within the same family since construction. After all these years, it retains the original paint colors, floating staircase, built-ins, and more.
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sweet....in pretty much original details/condition, obviously loved!
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Richard Meier’s Douglas House in Michigan receives HISTORICAL Designation

Richard Meier’s Douglas House in Michigan receives HISTORICAL Designation | Mid-Century Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
The Douglas House designed by Richard Meier & Partners Architects LLP and completed in 1973, which is dramatically situated on an isolated site that slopes down to Lake Michigan. The isolated private house now receives recognition of its historical and architectural significance by the National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior. 

The house will now be included in the National Register of historic places, and it will become part of the selective list of cultural resources worthy of preservation in the United States of America. Richard Meier is World Architecture Community member since 2007.

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Interview with Julius Shulman (1990) | #ASX

Interview with Julius Shulman (1990) | #ASX | Mid-Century Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
“I had been blessed with an innate, a built-in, quality of design composition–of composition, not just design composition.” Interview with Julius Shulman Conducted by Taina Rikala De Noreiga at the Artist’s home in Hollywood Hills (Los Angeles), California. January 12 & 20, February 3, 1990. TAINA RIKALA DE NOREIGA: Let’s start by you telling us …
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This is an excellent interview with Shulman from 1990, that had my attention from beginning to end. Julius Shulman.... "So I drove to Silver Lake, met Mr. Neutra, and he asked me who and what I was. Of course I was nothing ’cause I hadn’t any ideas of being a photographer. He was, as I say, the first architect I’d ever met. And those pictures, by the way, of the Kun House, are still being published and were published. They were used in Neutra’s books, and I still get calls from publications for that house. The same Vest Pocket Kodak pictures, I still have the negatives on file."

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Brutalist Housing Complex by Paul Rudolph to Be Demolished in November

Brutalist Housing Complex by Paul Rudolph to Be Demolished in November | Mid-Century Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
History hasn't always been kind to Brutalist architecture, and the Shoreline Apartments in Buffalo, New York are no exception.
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If you like Paul Rudolph and would like to gain insight into his design process,  Association Concert Urbain's scoop in The Architecture of the City presents A Selection of Paul Rudolph’s Perspective Sections – – SOCKS bit.ly/1syh4j5 

“Buildings do not happen, they must be made to happen.” While working at his desk, he would move his hand over his drawing in such a way that he could better understand the actual scale and what it might be like to occupy the drawing, as if it were an actual building. He seemed as though he was actually inside the drawing. He would touch with his eyes and see with his hands."


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Renewed Classic Eichler by Klopf Architecture | Klopf Architecture | Archinect

Renewed Classic Eichler by Klopf Architecture | Klopf Architecture | Archinect | Mid-Century Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
Renewed Classic Eichler by Klopf Architecture by Klopf Architecture
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The focus of this renovation was to bring this mid century classic home up to the standards of today's homes. Klopf Architecture said it like this, "We're not historical preservationists," the firm states on its website. And as such, the remodel was less about a strict, faithful restoration than about adapting the original design for 21st-century living."
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Paul Rudolph’s Magical Modernist Box

Paul Rudolph’s Magical Modernist Box | Mid-Century Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
Paul Rudolph's Walker Guest House on Sanibel Island (1952-53) is a "magical modernist box essential for understanding Rudolph and midcentury modernism."
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"A prize-winner (the“Award Bienal de Sao Paulo”) , the Walker House helped catapult Rudolph into the chairmanship of the Yale Department of Architecture by 1957, where he influenced an entire generation of students, among them Norman Foster, Richard Rogers and Robert A. M. Stern"
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Paul Rudolph on penccil

Paul Rudolph on penccil | Mid-Century Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
Paul Rudolph studied under Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus, at Harvard and graduated in 1947. His classmates included I.M. Pei and Philip Johnson.
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1969 mid century modern house in iowa city, architects home | Mid-Century Modern Furniture Then and Now

1969 mid century modern house in iowa city, architects home | Mid-Century Modern Furniture Then and Now | Mid-Century Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
http://bit.ly/112ue3I An architect's home in Iowa City, (1969). Pierce King studied at Illinois Institute of Technology with Mies van der Rohe,MCM architecture
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A mid-century modern house, the history of two lives, two careers, an anthropologist and an architect. Their passion for each other, their pets and nature was evident throughout the home.......

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Inherent Beauty

Inherent Beauty | Mid-Century Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it

scandinaviancollectors: “ MIES VAN DER ROHE, 860-880 Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, 1948. ”

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A great post with wonderful photos of the iconic Seagram Building 1958, an example of corporate modernism.

Seagram building located at 375 Park Avenue in New York. Built in 1958 as one of the finest examples of corporate modernism.

Read more at: http://www.ultraswank.net/architecture/mies-van-der-rohe/?__scoop_post=4490c000-bcf3-11e5-89d1-001018304b75&__scoop_topic=925203#__scoop_post=4490c000-bcf3-11e5-89d1-001018304b75&__scoop_topic=925203
Seagram building located at 375 Park Avenue in New York. Built in 1958 as one of the finest examples of corporate modernism.

Read more at: http://www.ultraswank.net/architecture/mies-van-der-rohe/?__scoop_post=4490c000-bcf3-11e5-89d1-001018304b75&__scoop_topic=925203#__scoop_post=4490c000-bcf3-11e5-89d1-001018304b75&__scoop_topic=925203
Seagram building located at 375 Park Avenue in New York. Built in 1958 as one of the finest examples of corporate modernism.

Read more at: http://www.ultraswank.net/architecture/mies-van-der-rohe/?__scoop_post=4490c000-bcf3-11e5-89d1-001018304b75&__scoop_topic=925203#__scoop_post=4490c000-bcf3-11e5-89d1-001018304b75&__scoop_topic=925203
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Mid-Century Modern Furniture Then and Now: Architects and Their Chairs "L" is for Loos

Mid-Century Modern Furniture Then and Now: Architects and Their Chairs "L" is for Loos | Mid-Century Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
"What I call culture is that balance between our physical, mental and spiritual being which alone can guarantee sensible thought and action." Adolf Loos
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"I do not design floor plans, facades, sections. I design spaces. For me, there is no ground floor, first floor etc…. For me, there are only contiguous, continual spaces, rooms, anterooms, terraces etc. Storeys merge and spaces relate to each other." http://www.e-architect.co.uk/architects/adolf-loos
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Stanley Tigerman on Learning from Mies, The Younger Generation and "Designing Bridges to Burn"

Stanley Tigerman on Learning from Mies, The Younger Generation and "Designing Bridges to Burn" | Mid-Century Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it

This article was originally published on Autodesk's Redshift publication as "Inside My Design Mind: Salt-of-the-Earth Lessons From Architec

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Stanley Tigerman’s conceptual 1978 image of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Crown Hall sinking into Lake Michigan. Image Courtesy of Tigerman McCurry Architects

Stanley Tigerman, "Mies didn’t say anything casually. He meant what he said, and he said very little. I knew him very well; he was very impressive. It’s a challenge because he wasn’t loose with his comments—about life, about work and architecture. He took things very slowly; very deliberately; and never in any way, shape, or form off the cuff. That, to me, has always instilled a kind of role model and paradigm."

"ST: Because an unfortunate part of my M.O. is putting my foot in my mouth more often than necessary. I tend to say things without thinking. That’s why Mies was such a role model to me. He never said boo without thinking it through. The title came from a phrase Margaret used one day after we were having some argument. “When they find you face down in an alley, it will take the police a very long time to find the killer because the list of suspects will be very long,” she said. “You’re at the stage of your life where you’re designing bridges to burn.” I’m not exactly user-friendly, which I feel badly about because that’s not the way I see myself."
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Critical Round-Up: The National Museum of African American History and Culture

Critical Round-Up: The National Museum of African American History and Culture | Mid-Century Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
A century since the founding of the National Memorial Association and the start of a campaign by African-American war veterans for a monument of African American culture, the National Museum of African American History and Culture will finally be opened on September 24th. The Museum took $540 million and four years to build, resulting in a striking, and refreshingly unorthodox, architectural construction on Washington DC’s National Mall. The Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup JJR team, led by Ghanaian-British architect David Adjaye, defiantly broke the white-marble-Corinthian-column convention, opting instead for a bronze-coated aluminum façade bound to provoke a reaction from the critics.

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Harvard Museums Releases Online Catalogue of 32,000 BAUHAUS Works

Harvard Museums Releases Online Catalogue of 32,000 BAUHAUS Works | Mid-Century Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
In anticipation of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus school in 2019, Harvard Art Museums has released an online catalogue of their 32,000-piece Bauhaus Collection, containing rarely seen drawings and photographs from attendees and instructors of the revolutionary German design school.

The collection features work from the likes of Mies van der Rohe, Bertrand Goldberg, Marcel Breuer, and Bauhaus-founder Walter Gropius himself, and can be navigated through a search bar and an easy-to-use set of filters, allowing you to categorize work by topic, medium, date or artist.

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Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye encapsulates the Modernist style

Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye encapsulates the Modernist style | Mid-Century Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it

World Heritage Corb: one of the most important buildings by architect Le Corbusier from the 17 that have been to UNESCO's World Heritage List is Villa Savoye, the top-heavy weekend retreat created as a Modernist version of the French country house (+ slideshow).
 

Completed in 1931, Villa Savoye is one of the most important houses of the 20th century. A key building in the development of the International Style of Modernism, it is one of the only houses in France to have been declared a national monument during the architect's lifetime.

Designed as a weekend holiday home for the Savoye family, it was the last building in Le Corbusier's "white villas" series of private homes and was created in collaboration with his cousin Pierre Jeanneret, who worked with Le Corbusier on a number of his most famous projects.


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A Midcentury Modern Gem Called the "Athens of the Prairie" Columbus, Indiana

A Midcentury Modern Gem Called the "Athens of the Prairie" Columbus, Indiana | Mid-Century Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it

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Columbus, Indiana is a special city with great barbecue, a cool brewery in an old depot on the river, and a lot of ARCHITECTURE!
Image: The First Christian Church (1942) Columbus, Indiana Eliel Saarinen combines simple forms with asymmetry. Note the asymmetry in the clock placement on the tower and the cross as well.
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Oscar Niemeyer’s Casa de Canoas, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | DesignRulz

Oscar Niemeyer’s Casa de Canoas, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  | DesignRulz | Mid-Century Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
When I think of a place I would like to live, it is always in a house that is modern, yet old, surrounded by forest and close to the sea. A place to relax,
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Enjoy this wonderful post filled with admiration for the great Oscar Niemeyer and numerous images of this very iconic home.
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Le Corbusier’s Ronchamp Chapel Covered by GRAFFITI

Le Corbusier’s Ronchamp Chapel Covered by GRAFFITI | Mid-Century Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
After covering digitally the Villa Savoye, built by Le Corbusier, of his virtual graffitis, Brusels-based artist Xavier Delory focused, still with his comptuer, on the Chapel Notre-Dame Du Haut, in the French small city called Ronchamp. Loving a lot the architectural shapes of this architect, Xavier pasted frescos with organic, geometric and colorful patterns on the chapel’s facade.

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Une église assez "art street" #Architecture, #Art, #Immobilier
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The Mad Genius of Superstudio Anti-architecture

The Mad Genius of Superstudio Anti-architecture | Mid-Century Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
A look back at the collective of rebel Italian students who defined the radical architecture movement of the ’60s and ’70s but never completed a single building.
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quotes from Stephen Wallis, great slideshow via  NYTimes
"HALF A CENTURY AGO, a group of 20-something architecture students from Florence decided to assume the small task of conceiving an alternative model for life on earth."

"The fact that they never actually finished a building is, arguably, the point. Rather, they created “anti-architecture”: psychedelic renderings, collages and films depicting their dreams — and nightmares"
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Bauhaus color

Bauhaus color | Mid-Century Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
The walls are painted to match the architectonic divisions of the room precisely. Just as the room is divided into two sections, the ceiling is divided into two rectangular fields of color.
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great images and written in a diary style....fabulous feeling of being there in that visit...touches on the philosophy of the Bauhaus Movement...fantastic!

Originally published as “Im Bauhaus,” Zwrotnica 12 (1927) . Translated from the Polish by Steven Lindberg. From Between Two Worlds: A Sourcebook of Central European Avant-Gardes, 1910-1930. (The MIT Press. Cambridge, MA: 2002).
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Brazil Modern: Celebrating the Country's Unsung Modernist Furniture Designers

Brazil Modern: Celebrating the Country's Unsung Modernist Furniture Designers | Mid-Century Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it

For some, architect Oscar Niemeyer—born in Rio de Janeiro in 1907—has come to embody Brazil's design legacy in its entirety. After all, Niemeyer designed landmarks, museums, office towers,...

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Architect's Oscar Niemeyer, Lina BoBardi and more

image credits: Mesa Parker dining table in solid pine with brass detailing, and set of ten chairs in solid pine and cane. Custom commission by Sergio Rodrigues for a home in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1978 Photo by Joe Kramm, courtesy of R & Company

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Brutalist Wonders or Blunders? Architecture by Marcel Breuer

Brutalist Wonders or Blunders? Architecture by Marcel Breuer | Mid-Century Modern Architects and Architecture | Scoop.it
A master of Modernism whose architectural legacy includes a range of monumental concrete structures around the world, Marcel Breuer remains divisive among ...
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The tone of this ongoing debate is a always something I find amusing, full disclosure, I am not an architect! This post is not to dis Breuer (yeah) I really like his architecture and I am a fan of Brutalism.

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