[Guest Post] Dorothy Draper, I Love You

Well, ladies and…ladies, this is it…my last post. I wasn’t certain what I wanted to do, then I realized that I should just end it with an homage to one of my favorite interior designers, Dorothy Drape. In doing this, I like Hollywood Regency, will seamlessly blend styles handing the torch back to Dulce and her awesome fu*king blog.

I hope you had as much fun as I did. 


[Guest Post] How It’s Pronounced…kind of

When I first began my love for mid century modern, I found that I would often struggle with the pronunciation of the names of certain designers.  Hell, I was baffled with Saarinen’s name for the longest time, which most people actually mispronounce.  Considering most of us here aren’t from Finland it’s OK (E-ro Sah-rinen, by the way–roll your “Rs”).  Once you think you have the name of a designer down, somebody else comes along with their own version.  One of us has to be wrong.

Here’s but a small list of names for you to learn.  Now, you’re four names ahead of everybody else.
Photo #1: Arco Lamp by Achille Castiglioni /Ah-kee-leh  Cah-stah-lee-Oh-nee/

Photo #2: Egg Chair by Arne Jacobsen  /Ar-ne  Yah-cup-sen/

Photo #3: 654LC (Jens Risom Lounge chair) by Jens Risom /Yens  Ree-some/

Photo #4: Wassily Chair (pronounced Vassily) Marcel Breuer /Mar-sell  Broy-er/

Photo #5 Cantilever Sofa by Milo Baughman /My-loh  Boff-man/

Disclaimer: if you pronounce some of these names the correct way in public, you’ll probably be laughed at, and you just might come across as a pretentious jerk.  

[Guest Post] You got love…you got hate…you got Brutalism

Prince Charles referred to the architectural style as “piles of concrete” and “rubble”. It’s been called “cold-hearted” and “monstrous”. Many opponents take note to the deterioration of concrete and claim that Brutalism disregards any historical content of a neighborhood and its surroundings, not to mention the high crime spawned in multi-residential homes in the wake of Brutalism. That last comment is arguable. The structures are called alien-like and cold. People really hate Brutalism.

Brutalism or New Brutalism as it was originally known as, was a philosophy in design rather than a mode. According to the Washington State Department of Archeology & Historic Preservation, the philosophical notion was “to create an aesthetic based on the exposure of a building’s…frame…and mechanical systems”. The style soon followed which rejected corporate autocracy and was accepted as an economical approach to long-lasting design. It was more or less a socialist way of thinking.

I haven’t the knowledge to know enough about the whole situation. I like some Brutalist buildings. A lot. I love concrete. A whole lot. In industrial design, designers like Paul Evans create some gorgeous pieces of work. Of course there are buildings and furnishings in the Brutalist style that I don’t like. I actually hate them. But, I don’t like all Modern design either. However, when Brutalism goes overboard–which it tends to do–it really is too much. When Modernism goes minimal, it’s never wrong.

You decide for yourself…

[Guest Post] Italians Do It Better

Ever since I can remember, I’ve always had a fascination with the romanticized notion of international espionage–mid century espionage to be exact. Art thieves and spies seem to be right up my alley, jet-setting across the globe or secretly entering the icy waters of the CCCP with ammunition cargo. I want to be that spy. Women, art, money, and the oh so sexy Italian cars.

[Guest Post] Design Debauchery

Anybody who knows me knows I like masculinity in my design.  Nika Zupanc is far more than just the exception, though.  Zupanc embraces simplicity with a complex feminine twist.  And as we all know, women are amazingly complex.  However, more than just simply feminine, Nika Zupanc’s work is sexy feminine.  There is a deviant aesthetic to her work, both bold and lascivious.  In a sense, her designs are a women’s revolution revival in sensual expression.


[Guest Post] My Wish List

True, I love minimalism but the Platner Collection just does things to my chemistry that I can’t even begin to express.
Perhaps it’s my secret love for Hollywood Regency and the glam that ensues.  Or perhaps I like the feel of cold steel against my skin.  Dunno.  I do know that that is one sexy piece of furniture.

“I felt there was room for the kind of decorative, gentle, graceful design that appeared in a period style like Louis XV”.
-Warren Platner

Somebody loan me $17,200 so that I can have the dining room set.  Please.

[Guest Post] Light & Space

I thought I’d deviate from the norm of the way design is usually presented in blogs. Today, I want to present space as a medium for art rather than the conventional functioning space. Although art and design are separate entities, it is incomprehensible to think that space as a medium for art is not design. Enter…

James Turrell is an artist from Pasadena, California who uses light as a medium for creating art. Unlike Dan Flavin, Turrell also utilizes natural light as as a medium by designing spaces that pronounce natural sky light. The Roden Crater located in Arizona is an actual crater acquired by James Turrell and is a prime example of his space and natural light conceptions. Turrell is also known for the manipulation of light creating illusions of matter that are nonexistent such as corners that appear to be three dimensional.

Be one with the universe, my child.