Today the thought of flying invokes the dread of delays, lost baggage, and security checks. But these images of vintage terminal interiors reveal just how glamorous the experience once… Read More
1. Would you like to own the bass guitar that Kurt Cobain smashed in Nirvana’s music video for “Smells Like Teen Spirit”? Well, you’re in luck! It’s going up for auction next month at Christie’s in London, where it’s expected to fetch between £15,000 and £25,000. [via NME]
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The good folks at Princeton Architectural Press just released Balthazar Korab: Architect of Photography, John Comazzi’s stunning illustrated biography of one of the greatest architectural photographers of our time. Working for many years as Eero Saarinen’s official photographer, Korab immortalized a defining era of design that’s made a major comeback in large part thanks to the colorful cast of a sinful little TV land ad agency by the name of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce.
Along with everyone else in America, we jumped headfirst on to the mid-century modern bandwagon and now that the show’s on hiatus, we’re on the lookout for ways to indulge our healthy obsession with tulip chairs and sunken living rooms. What better way than to revisit the momentous designs that started it all? From Saarinen’s iconic TWA Terminal at JFK and the Miller House in Columbus, Indiana to Mies van der Rohe’s fit-for-Don-Draper Lake Shore Drive Apartments, click through to check out highlights from the book and the heyday of the design epoch. … Read More
If you’re like us and anxiously awaiting Mad Men’s two-hour season premiere on Sunday night, here’s a little something to tide you over. Nothing’s been leaked about what to expect from our favorite dapper leading man haunted by a self-inflicted double life except for AMC’s look at where Season 4 left off and the well-designed albeit vague posters showing our hero’s infinite fall from grace. One of the many questions we’re dying to know the answer to: how will production designer extraordinaire, Dan Bishop, evolve the show’s aesthetic? The last season saw a transition from the muted tones of the late ’50s to the beginnings of space-age minimalism and a global obsession with color. Fast approaching the ’70s, we’re wondering what new design goodness will be introduced.
Matthew Weiner, the show’s creator, says that the series isn’t “a textbook study of mid-century modern America.” In keeping with that, we’ve done our best to round up some of the more obscure design references from the first few seasons. From Bert Cooper’s progressive art collection to the ubiquitous roly poly lowballs to funky metal sculptures, here’s our guide to mid-century modern design — the Mad Men way. Tell us about your favorite Mad Men design moment in the comments! … Read More
Eero Saarinen’s sloping, futuristic TWA terminal at JFK was built in 1962 in the height of the age of romantic air travel. The terminal, whose four vaulted concrete shell Saarinen’s chief associate architect claimed he modelled partly after a grapefruit, was meant to be a “building in which the architecture itself would express the drama and specialness and excitement of travel.” In 2001, the terminal was shuttered in the airline industry struggles following the 9/11 attacks, but this past year, the building was fully renovated (though The Port Authority has not decided what purpose it will ultimately serve), and the terminal was recently opened for a few hours, allowing these photographs to be taken. Click through to see photographs of Saarien’s magnificent building both old and new, and let us know if you’d like to be taking a flight out of there anytime soon. Photos courtesy Brian Kelly for Phaidon. … Read More
Online forum ArtBabble has museums like the Guggenheim and MoMA riding the digital wave with original video contributions.
The site features exclusive content from visual heavy hitters such as the Museum of Art & Design and Art Institute of Chicago, as well as a platform for user-generated discussion. Visitors can watch lectures from the 2009 International Design Symposium, scope demos of the art-installation process, and preview Season 5 of PBS series Art:21, all providing a diverse bird’s-eye view of the world of contemporary art. … Read More
The artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset originated one of the most winning ideas of the Venice Biennale: The Collectors. The talk of the town among critics and curators, the project has contributions by 24 international artists and artists groups, along with some classic pieces of Scandinavian modern furniture, and earned Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset a special mention from the Biennale jury of the 53rd International Art Exhibition. Presented in the Danish and Nordic pavilions, which represents a first-time collaboration between Denmark and Norway and the first joint venture of two national pavilions in the Biennale, the exhibition transforms the neighboring, Modernist-style buildings into domestic settings, where the spectator becomes a voyeur to the private lives of the inhabitants.… Read More