This video is an hour long, but well worth your time if you’re interested in the history of MCM>
Even absent the hideous Calder paint job, that is one ugly BMW. I lived through that era, and I don’t recall them being that totally awful.
Hm. Actually, they weren’t that bad.
Apparently they worked to create that monstrosity in the top pic. Probably the addition of that horrid fin-mounted spoiler.
This was a Plymouth concept car back in 1960. I remember seeing a pic of it while I was a car-crazed kid in 9th grade.
Remember 1960? Hell, remember Plymouths?
964 New York World’s Fair Kiosk | IBM & Eames | Flushing Meadow, N.Y.
Designed by Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen Associates, the pavilion created the effect of a covered garden, with all exhibits in the open beneath a grove of 45, 32-feet high, man-made steel trees.
The 54,038 sq. ft. pavilion was divided into six sections: The “Information Machine,” a 90-foot-high main theater with multiple screen projection; pentagon theaters, where puppet-like devices explained the workings of data processing systems; computer applications area; probability machine; scholar’s walk; and a 4,500-square-foot administration building.
I visited this pavillion. It was, in what would soon be the parlance of the time, mind blowing. Especially the main theater.
Fellow SF writer Cory Doctorow seems to like this kitchen. And though I might pick a different sort of tile for the flooring if I were doing it today, in general, I do too. It was well ahead of the curve for its 1950s era.
You could live here if you did. Click the link for a helluva slideshow.
Well, nothing yanks my crank like MCM seamlessly merged with traditional classic architecture. This vignette just looks ridiculously warm, comfortable, and inviting. Can’t you picture yourself relaxing in one of those chairs with a cocktail and a good book on your iPad? I can.
Most folks probably don’t know that Geroge Mulhauser designed the knockoff of the Eames Lounge for Plycraft that outsold the original by at least ten to one, (it was larger, more comfortable, and cost considerably less), and even those who are aware of this may not know that Mulhauser, a gifted designer, created some of the most beautiful formed plywood chairs I’ve ever seen. Here is a model that differs considerably from his better-known “Mister Chair” with the swivel star base
This is one of the most beautiful formed plywood shell chairs I’ve ever seen.
I wish Fritz Hansen would bring out a new edition of them.
Some combinations just…don’t work.
This is one of them.
That chrome thing on the ball base is an ashtray. A pretty cool one, too.
I always wondered why Eames didn’t make a version of his classic table like this. He had all sorts of different legs for his shell chairs….
I sort of doubt that I could ever keep such shelves full of canned goods so anally neat, but the dining set is pretty nice, isn’t it?
These are not my favorite Jacobsen chairs- I have four of his “Seven” design – but they’re still pretty cool looking.
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The Cherner family has issued lots of variations on the original chairs their father designed, including some matching tables, which I don’t get all that excited about.
I do like this re-imagining of the originals as bar stools, though. Maintains the weird, insectile vibes of the originals.
This doesn’t look too difficult: Find an old library card case, refinish it, and bolt some hairpin legs on it.
Where do you find hairpin legs?
Yet another room I could be very happy living in.