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1000 Chairs published by Taschen

1000 Chairs. Revised and updated edition

Sometimes we take for granted something so basic as the chair we sit on day after day. Sit back, relax, and survey some of the most iconic chairs in history. A must for design addicts and collectors alike, this dependable compendium presents each chair alongside essential information about the designer and their work, from Alvar Aalto to Eva Zeisel, from Art Nouveau to International Style. This recently refurbished edition traverses archetypal seats of the 1800s right up to the most innovative designs of today.

The ultimate reference book for anyone interested in knowing the what, where, who, why and how of the most iconic chairs from the last two centuries.” Red Magazine

From the 1,800’s to today, this collection outlines the modern history of your favorite seating designs along with some you’ve yet to discover.

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BOOKS:
1000 Chairs published by Taschen   

1000 Chairs published by Taschen   

Julius Shulman. Modernism Rediscovered published by Taschen 

Julius Shulman. Modernism Rediscovered published by Taschen 

MOVIES:

The Grand Budapest Hotel… A film by Wes Anderson

Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman. Directed by Eric Bricker

PODCASTS:
The House that Came in the Mail

The House that Came in the Mail

The Pool and the Stream Redux

TRAVEL:

British Pullman carriage designed by filmmaker Wes Anderson – Sandra Ramani  

Eileen Gray’s E-1027 Villa and Side Table

1000 Chairs published by Taschen

1000 Chairs. Revised and updated edition

Sometimes we take for granted something so basic as the chair we sit on day after day. Sit back, relax, and survey some of the most iconic chairs in history. A must for design addicts and collectors alike, this dependable compendium presents each chair alongside essential information about the designer and their work, from Alvar Aalto to Eva Zeisel, from Art Nouveau to International Style. This recently refurbished edition traverses archetypal seats of the 1800s right up to the most innovative designs of today.

The ultimate reference book for anyone interested in knowing the what, where, who, why and how of the most iconic chairs from the last two centuries.” Red Magazine

From the 1,800’s to today, this collection outlines the modern history of your favorite seating designs along with some you’ve yet to discover.


Julius Shulman. Modernism Rediscovered published by Taschen

The Master of Modern | Discoveries from the Julius Shulman vaults


The undisputed heavy weight of architectural photography, Shulman’s library of photos seems never ending. The “forgotten” masterpieces in this collection pay tribute to some lesser known but incredibly important modern homes with a focus on Southern California.

The photographs of Julius Shulman offer one of the most compelling visual chronologies of architectural modernism. This book offers privileged access to Shulman’s extraordinary archives with some 200 images paying homage to the multifarious forms of modernism across California and the rest of the United States.

The Grand Budapest Hotel… A film by Wes Anderson

The Grand Budapest Hotel is a 2014 comedy-drama film written and directed by Wes Anderson. It tells the story of a famed concierge of a twentieth-century mountainside resort in the fictional country of Zubrowka who is framed for the murder of a wealthy dowager amidst the backdrop of an encroaching fascist regime. Color, Design, Architecture, Dialogue and Acting; all A+.  

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Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman. Directed by Eric Bricker

A must watch for the architectural enthusiast. Julius Shulman is widely considered to be the pre-eminent architectural photographer of the 20th century.

ABOUT THE FILM

Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, VISUAL ACOUSTICS celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman, acclaimed by many as “the world’s most influential architectural photographer.” Shulman’s images embody the energy and optimism of Southern California in the second half of the 20th century and brought its iconic architecture to the attention of an international audience. His photographs immortalize the work of the most prominent American modern architects from the 1930s until Shulman’s death in 2009, including Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, John Lautner, and Frank Gehry. This award-winning film is both a testament to the evolution of modern architecture and a joyful portrait of the magnetic visionary who chronicled it with his unforgettable images.

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The House that Came in the Mail
CATEGORY: Architecture | DATE: 10.05.21 | PRODUCER: Joe Rosenberg

The House that Came in the Mail

The Sears & Roebuck Mail Order Catalog was nearly omnipresent in early 20th century American life. By 1908, one fifth of Americans were subscribers. Anyone anywhere in the country could order a copy for free, look through it, and then have anything their heart desired delivered directly to their doorstep. At its peak, the Sears catalog offered over 100,000 items on 1,400 pages. It weighed four pounds. Today, those 1,400 pages provide us with a snapshot of American life in the first decade of the 20th century, from sheep-shearing machines and cream separators to telephones and china cabinets. The Sears catalog tells the tale of a world — itemized. And starting in 1908, the company that offered America everything began offering what just might be its most audacious product line ever: houses.

https://99percentinvisible.org/episode/the-house-that-came-in-the-mail/


The Pool and the Stream Redux
CATEGORY: Architecture | DATE: 9.10.19 | PRODUCER: 99pi

You Should Know: The First Kidney-Shaped Pool (1939)

Noormarkku, Finland | September 27, 2016 By TWS

Villa Mairea was completed in 1939. Designed by the world-famous architect Alvar Aalto and his wife. Villa Mairea belongs to a time when Alvar Aalto moved from the minimalist functionalism to more modern architectural expression. It might be this swimming pool that changed the history of skateboarding. Until then, swimming pools were traditional rectangles, but the pool at Villa Mairea doesn’t have any angles. The top view of the pool edge line forms a kidney-like shape.  The ground is round, and it’s divided into two parts: a deep end and a shallow end.

The Pool and the Stream Redux
This is the UPDATED story of a curvy, kidney-shaped swimming pool born in Northern Europe that had a huge ripple effect on popular culture in Southern California and landscape architecture in Northern California, and then the world.

Is it possible that a 1930’s design concept from a Finnish Architect named Alvar Aalto was the ultimate inspiration for a design decades later that would revolutionize the world of skateboarding?

(Alvar Aalto was a Finnish Modernist Architect believed to have created the first kidney shaped pool in the world. He was beloved by Frank Lloyd Wright and Frank Gehry). This is the newly updated story of a curvy, kidney-shaped swimming pool born in Northern Europe that had a huge ripple effect on popular culture in Southern California and landscape architecture in Northern California, and then the world.

https://99percentinvisible.org/episode/the-pool-and-the-stream-redux/


Donnell Pool | 1948 • SONOMA COUNTY, CA



Nine years later to 1948, in Sonoma, California, Jean and Dewey Donnell’s private home—called the Donnell Garden—was completed. It got a lot of coverage in the press, and the house style was copied widely. One of the most copied features of the house was the swimming pool, which became the modern Californian lifestyle symbol. Donnell Garden is the first known kidney shaped pool in the states. Images of Donnell Garden became imitated by landscape architects and pool builders.

https://www.tclf.org/sites/default/files/microsites/halprinlegacy/donnell-pool.html

British Pullman carriage designed by filmmaker Wes Anderson – Sandra Ramani
Photo: Courtesy of British Pullman, A Belmond Train, England
The filmmaker teamed up with Belmond to restore and redesign a historic train car for the legendary British Pullman.

Filmmaker Wes Anderson has parlayed a sense of nostalgia and a skill for diorama-like details into a celebrated oeuvre. So it only makes sense that he’s joined forces with travel brand Belmond—operators of famous trains like the Venice-Simplon Orient-Express and the Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice—to marry those two elements in one luxurious new offering. Beginning on October 13, British Pullman, A Belmond Train, England will feature a carriage that has been reimagined by the director himself.

We can’t wait to take a journey to the past thru the eyes of auteur Wes Anderson. Take a day trip across England in the Golden Era influenced train car.

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Eileen Gray’s E-1027 Villa and Side Table

“To create, one must first question everything” Eileen Gray

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Not long ago, we had the privilege of staying at a gorgeous private residence in the town of Roquebrune visited by the likes of Princess Grace and Audrey Hepburn back in the day. A visit to the beach below is where we came across what we knew in our bones to be a significant architectural modern home. 

You’ll be more familiar with the table that was created to go into the house. You know the one: circular glass top with a chrome frame. It’s quite an accomplishment that this iconic design is hugely popular a century later. Eileen Gray created the design for this table in the 1920’s for the very home we saw perched above the Mediterranean Sea. Known as E-1027, she designed the home for herself to live in. The house still stands today. It is currently owned by a national preservation association and is available for guided tours. 

Eileen Gray’s modernist E-1027 villa revealed in photographs by Manuel Bougot

Eileen Gray designed a series of furniture prototypes for the house, among them the small side table which became Gray’s most famous furniture design. She is said to have designed this table for her sister Thora to allow her to have breakfast in bed when visiting.

Eileen Gray retrospective in New York features work “never shown before”


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