Mid-Century Modern Designers & Makers


The Eames Translated their Process of Discovery into Creative Work

“Sell your expertise and you have a limited repertoire. Sell your ignorance and you have an unlimited repertoire. He was selling his ignorance and his desire to learn about a subject. The journey of not knowing to knowing was his work.

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Jared Rusten Waxes Poetic About Wood

San Francisco woodworker Jared Rusten is best known for his epic California series, large slabs of beautifully finished walnut, cut into the shape of his home state — a shape that happens to work quite well for a coffee table, and especially a desk.

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Peter Loughrey Highlights Hans Wegner in LAMA’s 50th Auction

Peter Loughrey, founder and director of Los Angeles Modern Auctions, has been dealing in Wegner designs since 1989. We asked him about the pieces in the organization’s 50th auction, to be held October 17, 2010.

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Risom Reborn: Rocket and Benchmark Reissue Nine Jens Risom Designs from 1950s and ’60s

This week, London’s Rocket Gallery is launching a collection of nine pieces from the mid-century master Jens Risom. We talked to Jonathan Stephenson of Rocket and Risom himself about their collaboration.

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West Elm Yellow

I’m lukewarm about West Elm. Their hollow, veneered case goods are at IKEA’s level but their prices are not. Still, I do have a few of their pieces and I’m...

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Oiva Tableware by Maija Louekari for Marimekko

Marimekko is about to celebrate its 60th birthday and it feels as young as it did when it took modern textile design by storm in the ’60s. The Legendary Finnish...

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New Dieter Rams Interviews with Gestalten and Design Museum

Once known only to the closest followers of product design history, Dieter Rams is now becoming a mainstream hero of modernism. His work was included last year in an exhibition...

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Cees Braakman at Two Columbia Road

Londoners are lucky. They have access to one of my favorite little shops in the world: Two Columbia Road. And today is the time to go visit. The friendly fellows...

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Eames House Photos by George Chen

Speaking of the Eames House, photographer George Chen captured the essence of its Mondrianesque exterior during a visit last week. See the set of photos.

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The Eames House in LIFE Magazine, 1950

The announcement that Google Books now houses in its digital archives over 1,860 issues of LIFE magazine sent me immediately to the search box on a quest for mid-century related articles. The first result was this piece on the Eames House published on September 11, 1950, just five years after Charles and Ray made their indelible mark on American design with their popular furniture.

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Eames Demetrios Presents Charles and Ray Eames at TED

Eames Demetrios’ talk is a bit stilted and the content is overwhelming but I think this video demonstrates that there was much more to Charles and Ray Eames than furniture, and even more important, there was much more to their design than style . ... Because they practiced design in the purest sense: they solved the problem through innovation and relentless testing.

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Alexander Girard Lettering at The Compound Restaurant

After years of admiring photographs of his work and acquiring books and pillows , I finally got to visit two of his physical masterpieces in the flesh: The Compound Restaurant and the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe. Girard deserves a much deeper article than I have time to write, but I'll just start with the fact that he truly mastered multiple disciplines, from lettering to illustration to objects to interiors to exhibition design , all in a signature style that was warm and human and perfectly imperfect.

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