Jazz Age Skyscrapers

Raymond Mathewson Hood (1881-1934) The Radiator Building (1924) Alone among a gathering of preening male artists commandeered by her husband, Alfred Stieglitz, to represent American Modernism, Georgia O’Keeffe began painting the most phallic of topics, the New...

Streamline Design: Norman Bel Geddes

Bringing Streamline Design Home Norman Bel Geddes (1893-1958) Today the name “Mar-a-Lago” is on everyone’s lips but for all the wrong reasons. The current owner is not important in the history of design but the architect for this famous dwelling was...

Italian Fascist Design, Part Two

 Design as Theater, Part Two Designing for Dictators To design for dictators in the twentieth century was to invent a new art form. The first challenge to designers was that the new modern dictator was not of the blood royal and prided himself on his common origins,...

Italian Fascist Design, Part One

Design as Theater, Part One Designing for Dictators The history of Italian fascism is one of a movement begun in misadventure, characterized by misjudgments and mistakes, ending in farce. If it is defined by any one term, however, that word would be...

Remembering Louis Vuitton Trunks

The Traveler, the Logo, and the Wardrobe We all pack, wrestling with tiny cases, usually with long handles and wheels, stuffing clothes, cosmetics, and computers into a designated number of inches that can fit between the seats of an airplane aisle, jam into an...

Eileen Gray, Architect: The E.1027 House

The E. 1027 House The Architect as a Woman The story of this building, innocently named E.1027, reads like a novel–with heroes, villains, vandalism, and victims. The beginning of this saga was ordinary enough, a famous designer decided to design and built a...

Eileen Gray, Designer of Art Deco, Part Two

Eileen Gray (1878-1956) Art Deco Furniture Design, Part Two The story of Eileen Gray, who vanished from history, leaving behind some of the most famous and iconic designs of the early twentieth century, is a strange one. She possessed many names, Kathleen Eileen Moray...

The Art Deco Posters of Cassandre, Part One

 Cassandre: The Face of Art Deco Posters and Fonts One of the major artists to emerge at the International Exposition of Decorative and Industrial Arts in 1925 was the man who won the first prize for his graphic design, an artist known as “Cassandre.” The significance...

The Fate of Fonts, Part Seven

 The Fate of Fonts Typography and Danger in Germany, Part Three In the history of the Nazification of all things “German,” the suppression of the modern fonts might be a footnote to the destruction of modern art if it is mentioned at all. However, as was...

The Fate of Fonts, Part Six

The Fate of Fonts Typography and Danger in Germany, Part One One of the heroes of the modern font was Paul Renner (1878-1956), a founding member of the Deutsche Werkbund when it was established in 1907. In many ways, he was temperamentally conservative, not a...
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