“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 …
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."
History hasn't always been kind to Brutalist architecture, and the Shoreline Apartments in Buffalo, New York are no exception.
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."
Renewed Classic Eichler by Klopf Architecture by Klopf Architecture
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."
Paul Rudolph's Walker Guest House on Sanibel Island (1952-53) is a "magical modernist box essential for understanding Rudolph and midcentury modernism."
"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"
The house dates back to 1958 and sits in three acres of land. The agent says the house ‘retains its archetypal style’ and looking at the photos, it does look like it benefits from being pretty much left alone for 50 or so years.
Ross Wolfe just published, on his Charnel House, these beautiful blueprints by early Soviet architects Ivan Leonidov, Leonid Vesnin, Aleksandr Vesnin, and Nikolai Krasil’nikov. Wolfe is making an indispensable work of retrieval of documents related to Soviet early architectural experimenters...
[Peabody Terrace in Cambridge MA. Credit: Phokion Karas]
Fun fact: the author of the James Bond books, Ian Fleming, named Goldfinger for a real person—an architect by the name of Ernő Goldfinger, who made giant, hulking, austere concrete buildings. Fleming disliked these buildings so intensely that he immortalized their architect as villain in pop culture.
As the story goes, Erno Goldfinger's buildings were declared "souless"
The people working or living in these buildings claimed to suffer from physical and mental illnesses...
This is an awesome piece, I learned a lot about concrete.
We are fans of concrete, we live part of the year in a brutalist structure on the beach.
... "concrete’s color and texture can be dictated by local climate, local earth, and local rock. Concrete can also be an expression of local style and custom. For example, British concrete has big, thick textured chunks of rock, while Japanese concrete is fine and smooth."
Director of New York's Museum of Art and Design Glenn Adamson presents a potted history of Postmodernism – one of the 20th century's most divisive movements
We posted this on "Designed for Form and Function" recently, and think the relevancy is appropriate here. We also did a story with several links on our #Facebook page today, take a look and say hello: https://www.facebook.com/Pgmod
#MichaelGraves #RobertVenturi #DeniseScottBrown
Post-Modernism Times... #Postmodernism or #POMO 1970s-nowish "After Modernism" return to historical precedents and past styles, especially the neoclassical architecture of the Enlightenment de-emphasis and critique of function.
"The Postmodernists aimed to break Modernism's hold on design by offering something warmer, brighter and more experimental. "
Farnsworth House, the temple of domestic modernism designed by Mies van der Rohe as a weekend retreat for a Chicago doctor, is one of the most paradoxical houses of the 20th century. A perfectionist mirage, it floats like a pavilion in a park, but its history has been beset by plagues, floods and feuds. As the second installment of a series of three modernist classics presented by Archilogic, we’ve modeled the Farnsworth house so that you can see if—in spite of its austere reputation—it can be lived in after all. In this model you can explore the spatial arrangement of the house, and refurnish it with Eames chairs, deck it out with your IKEA favorites, or booby-trap it with children’s toys.
This is the year we visit the Farnsworth House, it's only three hours from King House in Iowa City. Pierce King's architecture was greatly influenced by his professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Mies van der Rohe.
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.
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.
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"
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.
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).
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,...
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
A master of Modernism whose architectural legacy includes a range of monumental concrete structures around the world, Marcel Breuer remains divisive among ...
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.
When husband-and-wife art historians Jessica Maier and Nick Camerlenghi first set eyes on their mid-century modern house in Amherst last
A 20th-century design
Maier and Camerlenghi say they are huge admirers of mid-century modern architecture, which took hold in the United States after World War II under the influence of several Bauhaus architects who had emigrated from Europe, most notably Walter Gropius, based at Harvard University in Cambridge, and Mies van der Rohe, who settled in Chicago. The Bauhaus was an innovative German design school that emphasized a functional fusion of painting, sculpture and architecture.
The style uses natural materials such as wood and stone, and often features flat roofs and large expanses of glass....."
Polish design studio UVMW has created a visual identity for Warsaw's Beton Film Festival based on Le Corbusier's Modulor system of proportions.
The film festival is run by the Beton Foundation: a Polish organisation that celebrates the Modernist legacy in all its forms, including films and computer games.
This prompted UVMW to base the shapes of the visual identity on Modernist architect Le Corbusier's Modulor drawings – a concept that combines the proportions of a six-foot-tall human figure with the mathematics of the golden ratio.
Charlie Chaplin and Billy Wilder used to party with Charles and Ray Eames at their house in Los Angeles – and play guinea pigs to their latest chair designs.
If Mies van der Rohe imposed rigid order on the world with his clinical creations, Charles and Ray Eames came and smothered it with patterned fabrics and scatter cushions.
“It gave me great pleasure,” wrote Robert Venturi, the godfather of postmodernism, who has spent his career battling the modernist dogma of “less is more”, “that the Eameses reintroduced good old Victorian muddle in their home. The architecture of modernism always wanted everything to be clean and orderly and then along came these two, spreading their eclectic assemblages all over the entire interior.”
Utopian Structures by Julie Langsam is a series of paintings of both geometric and cloud like landscapes with a famous structure dividing the two.
Julie Langsam's work feels innovative and modern while evoking emotions and memories of classic mid century structures. Architects Prouve, Le Corbusier, Schindler, Gropius, Kocher/Frey & Neutra are represented.
"The juxtaposition of the wispy flowing clouds and the geometric patterns are truly beautiful. The shapes in the ground seem to echo the shapes in the structures themselves. Modern art? YES!"
All photos: FABG via Milimet and Domus Canadian architecture firm FABG have completed their renovation of Mies van der Rohe's Esso Service gas station on Nun...
"The structure was conceived as a prototypical station for Standard Oil and was meant to service a three-tower residential complex designed by Mies as part of the urbanization of the island in 1962. The station was closed in 2008, before being granted heritage status by the city only a year later ...."
Next month, the very first sunken conversation pit will open to the public as a museum. The Indianapolis Museum of Art plans to open a private residence designed by Eero Saarinen for industrialist ...
"To celebrate, we’ve collected the best of American’s modernist houses turned museums, magnificent private residences now made public. There’s Philip Johnson’s Glass House, of course, but also Richard Neutra’s Neutra VDL, Louis Sullivan’s early Charnley-Persky House and Richard Meier’s epic bachelor pad, the Rachofsky House."
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