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For Sale: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Millard House in Pasadena

Recognized by Frank Lloyd Wright as the earliest ‘Usonian’ house, La Miniatura is also the first residence to utilize Wright’s highly inventive textile block building system. The Millard House is internationally recognized as one of the world’s most important works of architecture. Now, following a multi-year restoration, the complex offers one of the most romantic, and creative living spaces anywhere. Sited on nearly an acre of gardens within the Prospect Historic District of Pasadena, the residence and studio include: 4 bedrooms, and 4 baths, 2 kitchens, living room, formal dining room, and semi-attached garages. The Millard House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Millard House (La Miniatura), 1923, Pasadena, California, $7,733,000,
Agents: Crosby Doe Associates
via: PRIVATE

Vitra Advertising for Eames Aluminum Chair

Vitra images used in an advertising campaign for the Eames aluminum chair.

Eames Aluminum Group, by Charles and Ray Eames, for Vitra
via: A plus B

Brains and Braun, More on Dieter Rams

Braun T1000 World Receiver

Braun Record player PS 45

Braun Pocket radio T-41

Interior Design has posted an article “Brains and Braun” by Larry Weinberg looking at influential product designs produced by Braun from the 50s and ’60s.

“order rather than confusion, quiet rather than loud, unobtrusive rather than exciting, sparse rather than profuse, and well-balanced rather than exalted.”
- Dieter Rams

Images: (top) T1000 World Receiver, 1963, (middle) Record player PS 45, (bottom) Pocket radio T-41, all by Dieter Rams, for Braun

Yes is More

‘Playful’, ‘controversial’, ‘cheeky’, ‘innovative’ and ‘provocative’ are just some of the terms used to describe BIG. Headed by Bjarke Ingels, this architectural company has in the space of a few years created prize-winning projects, a long list of innovative buildings and an international reputation, as well as taking an active part in current debates in society

This exhibition forms part of a pilot project called ‘Close up’, which through exhibitions, debates, seminars and teaching sessions takes a long, hard look at new tendencies, theories and challenges within Danish architecture.

Exhibiton: Yes is More, Architectural projects by BiG, 21 February – 31 May 2009, at Danish Architecture Centre (DAC),

Million Dollar Satellite Hanging Light by Eileen Gray

A rare pendant light designed by Eileen Gray is up for auction at Christie’s. It is expected to fetch just under 1 million dollars. It is part of a collection of the late Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge. The auction, described as the “sale of the century” also includes rare works by Brancusi, Léger, Braque, Matisse and Picasso.

The light is made of cream-painted aluminium, composed of three superimposed flat rings in ascending scale mounted in alternation with three stepped conical shades in descending scale.

Satellite Hanging Light, ca. 1925, by Eileen Gray, Estimate €600,000 – €800,000, Collection Yves Saint Laurent & Pierre Berge, Auction at Christie’s, 23 – 25 February

Yves Saint Laurent, Brancusi Sculpture on Auction at Christie’s

Constantin Brancusi owes its outstanding reputation mainly his sculptures in stone and bronze, cut or molded, smooth and polished to perfection. The public knows little wooden works, much less numerous and, at first, were not well received, as to be rejected by private collectors.
Madame LR is a wonderful example of the first wooden sculptures by Brancusi: By choosing the material and the technique of direct cutting through the iconography and the intent underlying its creation, this work is Indeed, far from the normal production of the sculptor. While the Bird in Space, amounts to heaven in a spiritual movement and almost intangible—wooden sculptures are massive, rooted in soil and mysteriously enigmatic.

It is difficult to assess accurately the number of wood sculptures by Brancusi realized, as some have been dismantled, reconstructed or destroyed, but it is estimated that there were still some thirty sculptures or fragments of sculpture. Most of them were executed between 1913 and 1925, during which Brancusi also produces oak stands to put his works in marble or bronze. Although he produced some great wooden sculptures after 1920 and continued to pedestals, the works of the early years remain the most surprising.

Portrait of Madame L.R., by Constantin Brancusi, Estimate €15,000,000 – €20,000,000, Collection Yves Saint Laurent & Pierre Berge, Auction at Christie’s, 23 – 25 February

Eames and Saarinen’s Case Study House #9 is For Sale

Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen’s Entenza House, otherwise known as Case Study #9, is on the market. The house, it seems, had been converted to a guest house or annex, while owner Barry Berkus built his oversized main residence adjacent to the Entenza House.
We’ll take the maid’s quarters any day.

Entenza House, Case Study House #9, by Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen, Los Angeles, USA, $14 million (including adjacent house)
via: Curbed LA

The house is remarkably well-preserved:

This house, planned as a project for the Case Study House program, was first published in the Dec 1945 issue of Arts and Architecture Magazine. Full series available here: Amazon

Jaime Hayon is Guest of honour of Interieur 08

This Spanish enfant terrible, Jaime Hayon is considered as a trail-blazing talent in the world of design. For the 21st edition of the International biennial Interieur in Kortrijk, the Foundation Interieur managed to snare the Spanish designer Jaime Hayon. The youngest and the first Spanish guest of honour ever, is known for his frivolous design and unbridled imagination. Since the first edition in 1968, an international guest has been chosen carefully for his ability to surprise, to reflect and preferably outpace the spirit of the times. Famous designers such as Raymond Loewy, Verner Panton, Andrea Branzi and Jean Nouvel have filled this role.

Jaime Hayon, Guest of honour, Interieur 2008, Kortrijk, Belgium
via: Yatzer

Model: World Trade Center NYC

 

The American Architectural Foundation has donated the model of the World Trade Center to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center, to be opened in 2012.

“Architectural models are inherently fragile and challenging to maintain,” the museum’s chief curator, Jan S. Ramirez, said in a statement. “It is a double stroke of exceptional luck and far-sighted stewardship that this outstanding model has outlived the building complex it was created to forecast.”

“This model has the unparalleled capacity to help tell the first chapter of the World Trade Center story,” said Joseph C. Daniels, the president of the memorial and museum.

World Trade Center New York, Model by Minoru Yamasaki Associates
via: The New York Times

Georg Jensen Retail Stores by Mark Pinney Associates

London-based Mark Pinney Associates is completing several new stores around the world for the Danish jewellery and silverware company Georg Jensen, including this one at Kastrup Airport in Copenhagen. The retail strategy is inspired by the company’s heritage. The new store concept is built around the concept of the ‘Danish Home’.

The challenge was to create a store interior that could accommodate the diverse range of Georg Jensen products within a single concept. The solution has been to create all the components of a home: kitchen, dining, living, study areas, and use these as an appropriate and natural setting for the Georg Jensen products.

The kitchen area is typically the focus of family life. The large bar counter forms the centrepiece of this area and and contains a customer service bar with the point of sale, prompting discussion and interaction between staff and customer over a glass of champagne or a cup of coffee. Stools at this counter allow customers to be served with refreshments while purchases are gift-wrapped.

In keeping with many Scandinavian homes, the predominant interior material is wood, both in the flooring and in the Larch wood slatted wall and ceiling panels. Unlike many homes however, where a predominantly pale pallet of colours is used, here more dramatic effect is created by using a darker pallet of greys which at the same time ensures that the silver and stainless steel products are seen at their best against the dark background. This pallet of greys is derived from the reflections present in the silverware pieces within the Georg Jensen collection.

The concept references elements of Danish architecture and design, particularly the work of Alvar Aalto, Arne Jacobsen, Vilhelm Wohlert and Poul Kjærholm. Materials used are wherever possible Danish in origin and include classic furniture pieces by Poul Kjærholm and Hans J Wegner.

Georg Jensen Retail Stores, Taiwan, New York & Copenhagen by, Mark Pinney Associates London, UK

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