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LIFE imitates Mies

Images of Mies and his work
from Life Magazine.
(via Coudal and Jason Fried)

New York, New York. 1956

1957. “Room reflecting in glass wall of apartment in Lake Shore Drive apartments. Outside view of companion building and traffic also visible.”

Nice that the popular magazine LIFE appreciated so early what Mies was trying to do.

One of the more casual shots of him that you will see

December 1956
Mies van der Rohe relaxing on couch while smoking cigar and reading at home.
(LIFE’s caption says it was taken in New York, but I say Chicago.)

Most shots of Mies have him concentrating, like this

November 1956
Mies in Crown Hall at the Illinois Institute of Technology

They look to be working on a model of the New National Gallery in Berlin. Or is that a student’s variation of it?

Again thinking, with the thinking man’s developer, Herbert Greenwald

November 1956

And with Philip Johnson. The woman looks like Phyllis Lambert.
LIFE’s caption says they’re “studying technical problems concerned with model of a fountain. Chicago, October, 1956”

Must be for the Seagram Building plaza

Here are “Bronze I-beams ready to ship from Chicago Extruded Metals Company to New York City, where it will be part of the new Seagram’s Building. November 1956.”

Nice to know they were made in Chicago.

And finally, a photo of the still unfinished Mies’ 860 – 880 Lake Shore Drive Apartments.

Bottom Photo: Ralph Crane
All other photos: Frank Schersel.
A few more, here.

Eames stamps!


What a country!
These almost make me want to make me send letters again. These stamps were some ten years in the works, they’ll be ready to lick this summer.

USPS says:

In recognition of their groundbreaking contributions to architecture, furniture design, manufacturing and photographic arts, designers Charles and Ray Eames will be honored next summer with a pane of 16 stamps designed by Derry Noyes of Washington, DC. If you’ve ever sat in a stackable molded chair, you’ve experienced their creativity. Perhaps best known for their furniture, the Eameses were husband and wife as well as design partners. Their extraordinary body of creative work — which reflected the nation’s youthful and inventive outlook after World War II — also included architecture, films and exhibits. Without abandoning tradition, Charles and Ray Eames used new materials and technology to create high-quality products that addressed everyday problems and made modern design available to the American public.

via 37signals.

Jason Fried from 37signals will speak at this Friday’s SEED Conference in Chicago, at which I’ll pit Rem against Mies. See you there!

This Friday’s SEED is already sold out but Jim Coudal and the gang want to put on another. Let ’em know you’re interested here.

Sowing my SEED at the SEED Conference


A day of active learning on Design, Entrepreneurship & Inspiration.
Don’t miss it! Only four seats remain
for this one day affair in Chicago.

Coudal Partners, 37signals & Segura Inc.

And I’ll be there, talking about our surroundings in the Rem Koolhaas – designed Student Center at IIT – that’s the inspiring place in which the conference takes place. It’s on the Illinois Institute of Technology campus (with Crown Hall!) designed by Mies van der Rohe, so I guess I’ll get to talk about him a little bit too. Sign up here.

And big kudos to Jason Fried and Carlos Segura of 37signals, Wired magazine just named it one of the top ten startups worth watching in 2008. They were lauded for their “simple and accessible” computer programs. Bravo!

– E.