The wait is over! The special news that I've been teasing you with is the announcement that a brand new organization has been launched called The Organic Architecture + Design Archives (or OAD Archives for short) that will also publish the new Journal of Organic Architecture + Design! So what's it all about? Find out after the jump...
Patrick Steffes of the website, Forgotten Chicago, sent a heads-up on their newest article, which features one of the least-known modernist architects in Chicago history, James F. Eppenstein. Eppenstein had a relatively brief career from the mid-1930s to the early 1950s, but left behind a remarkable body of work. Forgotten Chicago’s article on Eppenstein covers his remodeling of Hyde Park’s Shoreland Hotel, recently reimagined by Studio Gang; a modest bar at the famed LaSalle Hotel that was the start of one of the worst fires in Chicago history; and the unique Electroliner interurban train which ran from Chicago to Milwaukee until 1963. More information on Eppenstein’s amazing career may be found at the Forgotten Chicago website.
1935 image of Eppenstein's office via forgottenchicago.com
Speaking of Edgar Tafel, the Edgar A. Tafel Archive at the Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library's Drawings & Archives Department has now been fully arranged and cataloged and is open for research! Browse through the on-line finding aid and read more about every file that the archive contains here.
Image via Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library's Drawings & Archives Department
Today's "Google Doodle" celebrates the 120th birthday of Raymond Loewy, the "Father of Industrial Design." Loewy had a truly remarkable career, designing icons like the famous Coca-Cola bottle, Lucky Strike cigarette packets, and logos for Exxon and Shell. Read more about his life and work here.
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Tarantino Studio has launched their new "Usonian Essentials" website, a resource for the maintenance and preservation of Mid-Century Modern structures with specialized focus on Usonian houses designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. As stated on the homepage, "The intent of the website is to disseminate pertinent historic information, supply restoration products, provide access to published articles, and offer consulting services with solutions and results to assist Homeowners, Contractors, and Historic Preservationists." Explore this fantastic resource here.
Image via Tarantino Studio
Here's a link to an infographic created by the team behind The Tiny House Movement, who decided to collect over 70,000 data points associated with the question "how do tiny house people compare to the average American." The results were turned into a snappy infographic poster that you can purchase to grace the walls of your small abode. More here.
Image via thetinylife.com
It's once again time for Fair Oak Workshops's popular "Dog Days of Summer" sale, where the ever popular and iconic Arts & Crafts mica lamps are 20% off their regular price. The sale won't last for long, so if you've always wanted to enjoy the buttery warm glow of a mica lamp in your home, then act fast and order yours today. Check out all the sale items here.
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In the market for lace curtains that work with your Arts & Crafts decor? Then cruise over to Fair Oaks Workshops website to see their wide selection of Cooper Lace Curtains made of 100% cotton Madras weave scrim woven in Scotland. Finished in a natural white, these beautiful curtains grant privacy while allowing the maximum amount of light. More here.
Image via fairoak.com
Kevin W. was kind enough to post a link to a website on the life and work of California MCM Architect, William Whifler. Until now, I had never known of Mr. Whifler or his work. Make sure you have a few free hours...you're going to want to spend some time exploring all of the blue prints and other goodies on the site. Check it out here.
Image via williamwhifler.com
In hunting around the web the other day, I came across a collection of period photos showing several of the interiors and exteriors of the extraordinary Prairie School residences designed by Marion Mahony, Frank Lloyd Wright (with landscaping by Walter Burley Griffin) at "Millikin Place" in Decatur, Illinois. See them here.
Image via National Library of Australia
Avoid the headaches of long lines and crazy shoppers this Friday and get some cool Arts & Crafts-inspired gifts for everyone on your list online at Fair Oak Workshops annual "After Thanksgiving Sale."
Check out the bountiful selection of gifts here.
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Ted E. sends word that the effort to raise funds to restore and preserve the Greene & Greene-designed Thorsen House in Berkley, CA is now full steam ahead. Check out the website here and do your part to help save this Arts & Crafts masterwork.
Image via thorsenhouse.com
John A. sent a link to a photo selection of Frank Lloyd Wright's works recently featured at CNN's website. See them here.
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PrairieMod pal, Eric S., sends word that architect Charles R. Stinson has updated his website and continues to go more Bauhaus than Organic. Check out more here.
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Speaking of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, they have a snazzy new design for their website. Spend some time checking it out here.
Image via franklloydwright.org
I was spending a little time looking through the online images that the Art Institute of Chicago has in their Bruce Goff collection recently and came across some images of the now destroyed Bavinger House in better days. Such a shame to have lost this important work of Organic Architecture. Check out all the Goff images here.
Image via saic.edu
Paul R. sent a link to Thrive Home Furnishing's line of Mid-century Modern home decor, including a wide assortment of sofas that look like their straight out of a Mad Men episode. See it all here.
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I stumbled upon the super cool work of Paper Landmarks on etsy.com the other day and was bowled-over by these cardboard architectural creations. Hailing from Latvia, Paper Landmarks makes amazingly detailed replicas of famous skyscrapers, bridges, temples and monuments of the present and the past, built from precisely cut cardboard parts. The models come unassembled or you can arrange to have them assembled for you.
I'd love to see some Frank Lloyd Wright buildings get the cardboard treatment--paper Unity Temple or Larkin Building anyone? Check out the full line here.
Image via paperlandmarks etsy store
If you don't have the time (or patience) to try and put together a vintage set of Russell Wright-designed American Modern dinnerware, then cruise over to the Bauer Pottery website and choose the authentically reproduced pieces and colors you want from the officially licensed line of ceramic ware. Check it out here.
Image via Bauer Pottery
The 141-year-old French Paper company has been cutting edge for a longtime (they were one of the first to sell stock online and they are 100% hydro powered). Now they've launched a brand-new website that showcases all of their beautiful and original American-made paper stock. Check it out here.
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Bloomberg.com offers a photo tour of some of Frank Lloyd Wright's most important and stunning buildings, helping to underscore his moniker "America's Greatest Architect". See it here.
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John C. sent word on an interesting new documentary-in-progress called Our Pace Setters/For Use & Beauty: The Architecture or Alfred Browning Parker. As stated on the film's website:
"Our Pace Setters is a new film series about architecture - how it inspires and how it endures from generation to generation. From the filmmakers unique perspective growing up in a home by Florida architect Alfred Browning Parker, the three part series looks back with affection as it introduces a larger audience to Parker's aesthetics and innovations, and looks forward with enthusiasm, following the creation from design through construction of the filmmakers new home/office by LA architect Vaughan Trammell. Combining traditional documentary techniques of interviews, archival footage and photographs with collage, pixilation and animation, Our Pace Setters will educate and entertain on the subjects of architecture, building, home and family."
To see video clips and to learn more, follow the link. If that whets your appetite for the work of Alfred Browning Parker and you want to know more, I would highly suggest picking up a copy of the book The Architecture of Alfred Browning Parker: Miami's Maverick Modernist by Randolph C. Henning--it's a winner!
Images via John C.
Lisa D. sent a link to really fantastic website started by the state historic preservation office in Michigan all about the state's modern architecture. The site also has a page dedicated to Mod houses for sale — many of which are great designs at great prices! Check the site out here and the for sale page here.
Image via michiganmodern.org
Robert C. sent a great link to the website of Giles Phillips, who, according to the site: "developed a Shape Grammar that describes Louis Sullivan’s system of ornamentation. Using the Grammar as a tool, it is possible to calculate (generate) each of Sullivan’s designs, as well as to generate entirely new designs following his system." Find out the details here.
Image via gilesphillips.com
You learn something new everyday! Thanks to the ever-informative members of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy's on-line discussion forum, "Wright Chat", I learned that the ultra-modern bank I often drive by in Villa Park, IL is patterned after Mies van der Rohe's original 1946 design proposal for the Cantor Drive-in project that was never built. Read more about it here.
Images via ns.umich.edu and invillapark.com