Archive for the ‘Barcelona Chair’ Category

White people love Architecture and Barcelona Chairs!

03/03/2008


Architecture:

If you want to fit in with white people you need to learn about I.M. Pei, Frank Lloyd Wright, Frank Gehry, and a whole swath of others. Also, be prepared to say “Bauhaus” a lot….

Also of note, white people love big books about architecture. So if you need to get one a gift, this always goes over well because it makes them feel smart without having to read too much.”

….Modern Furniture:

If they are able to acquire this, they will forever refer to it only by the designers name. “I spend hours in the van der Rohe, just looking through these beautiful books of his work.”

Referring to a white person’s expensive chair as a ‘chair’ is considered poor form and will likely result in a loss of trust and/or respect.”

From a site devoted cheekily, tongue-in-cheekily, to “Stuff White People Like.” Hilarious.
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The most Art Nouveau Barcelona Chair ever!

02/08/2008

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Knees-knocking Mies mocking

07/24/2007

Look for more novelties in the New! Improved! lobby of the
former IBM Building, now 330 North Wabash (changes first revealed here.) It’s a great and stately work by modern master Mies; but, according to a source involved in the project, you’ll soon see in the lobby:

Large flat-screen TV’s
“for general entertainment!”

A new reception desk which will be “clean, simple and geometric with a copper base!”

And large urn planters with contemporary plantings! and several smaller ones.

Here are more photos of what’s been put in there recently,
Barcelona chairs, completely bronzed, cushions and all!


bronzed Mies day beds,


three put together as one


As you see, the new items are large and bright – as are the new elevator signs.


Sheesh. Lynn Becker has a nice take on it here (and on another “upgraded” building.)
And Lee Bey (the new executive director of the Chicago Central Area Committee) has a fabulous shot of “Donald vs. Mies” here. (Scroll down, all his photos are great.) But doesn’t his shot of Trump look Houston?

And is it that gaudy Trump bronziness that’s rubbing off on the designers of the lobby at 330 N. Wabash, the building formerly known as IBM?

-Edward


More about this here.

More new Mies

06/19/2005

And while we’re on the subject of Mies, this book comes out in paperback today, from Princeton Architectural Press:

Conversations with Mies van der Rohe

In this collection of interviews Mies talks freely about his relationship with clients, the common language he aimed for in his architectural projects, the influences on his work, and the synthesis of architecture and technology that he advanced in his designs and built works.

Conversations with Mies van der Rohe makes an important contribution to the corpus of Mies scholarship. It presents a vivid picture of a master of modernism, bringing his artistic biography to a close while completing the scope of his style in terms of techniques, scale, use of materials, and typology. An essay by Iñaki Ábalos provides a context for these interviews and looks at Mies’s legacy from a contemporary perspective.”

And this November 1st will bring the publication of another book,

Mies and Modern Living
Helmut Reuter and Birgit Schulte, Editors

“Gathering the proceedings of a 2007 symposium on Mies, this publication takes the Barcelona chair as a starting point to address his progressive ideas on interior space and continuities between architecture and furniture design. Experts trace the highlights of Mies’ career and flesh out a context for his innovations in the ferment of 1920s and 1930s Berlin. Also included is a series of previously unpublished photographs of Mies’ work.”