Le Corbusier, like Wright, had few major commissions during the 1920s, but he continually advanced his ideas and his reputation through his writings and through his visionary urban-planning projects. These large-scale housing projects, a response to the growing urban… Continue
Following Tome's overview of interwar architecture, it's quite natural to mention a Mediterranean city with the highest concentration of the International style artifacts.
The locals use to call this style 'Bauhaus', ignoring the fact that a vast majority of architects who worked there in the 1920s-1950s hadn't come from Dessau. In fact, this concentration is a result of joint effort of a very different architects, most of them with an Eastern… Continue
Let me strive, every moment of my life, to make myself better and better, to the best of my ability, that all may profit by it. Let me think of the right, and lend all my assistance to those who need it, with no regard for anything but justice. Let me take what comes with a smile, without loss of… Continue
Sanuel H. Gottscho's (1875-1971) photographs of New York are rational - and romantic. His vision brings us right to Gotham, through the twilight and night to the sunny morning revealing all the city's power and grandeur.
It shows us how different the cityscape may look in different hours and seasons:
Samuel Gottscho acquired his first camera in 1896. From 1896 to 1920 he photographed part…Continue
The masterpiece among Le Corbusier's early houses was the Villa Savoye at Poissy, thirty miles from Paris. Along with Mies's German Pavilion, the Villa Savoye is generally regarded as a paradigm of the International Style. The three-bedroom house, beautifully sited in an open field,… Continue
Added by Tome Wilson on November 27, 2009 at 5:00pm —
It's easy to get lost in the multitude of makes and models. But it's even easier to spot a British automobile among others. They have something in common - all of them, modest and luxurious, primitive and complex.
1929 Lagonda 14/50 Two-Litre
Today, just a brief overview of these wonderful cars. 1920s and early 1930s.
Enjoy the slideshow:
Le Corbusier's building blocks of The International Style
Among the generation of architectural pioneers who rose to prominence during the 1920s, Le Corbusier, the artistic pseudonym of the Swiss Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, was a searching and intense spirit, a passionate but frustrated painter, a brilliant critic, and… Continue
Added by Tome Wilson on November 26, 2009 at 5:00pm —
It's about six months since I came here. Six months - quite a sufficient amount of time for summing up. So I took the liberty of analyzing our development, and the picture below is just an eye-stopper.
This network is a success, so far so good. Not a 'fantastic success story', but an indisputable success, thanks to Tome. He succeeded in creating a friendly,… Continue
Added by lord_k on November 26, 2009 at 12:30pm —
After World War I, communication among architects was reestablished so rapidly and stylistic diffusion was so widespread that it became difficult to speak of national styles. Rather, centers of experimentation arose where architects and artists from all over now converged. Major forces in the formation the style were de Stiji art and architecture in Holland, the new experiments in German architecture, and though he never… Continue
Added by Tome Wilson on November 25, 2009 at 5:00pm —
When the Bauhaus was moved to Dessau in 1925, Gropius closed his Weimar office, ending his partnership vith Meyer. His most important architectural achievement at the Bauhaus was the design for the new buildings at Dessau. These buildings, finished in 1926, incorporated a complex of… Continue
Added by Tome Wilson on November 24, 2009 at 5:00pm —
Arthur Radebaugh (1906-1974) was a top-notch commercial illustrator who worked for companies as diverse as Chrysler and Coca-Cola.
He was based in Detroit from the 1930s to 1960s, and much of his work anticipated design revolutions in the automotive and other industries. He once described his work as "halfway between science fiction and designs for modern living."
Radebaugh settled long-term roots in Detroit. He drew ads for major…
After spending two years in the office of Peter Bebrens, Walter Gropius (1883-1969) established his own practice in Berlin. In 1911 he joined forces with his partner Adolph Meyer (1881-1929) to build a factory for the Fagus Shoe Company at Alfeld-an-der-Leine. The Fagus building represents a… Continue
It's not easy to recognize the make. It looks so military... hell, it is military! But the shape seems familiar. Box-like body. Detachable back. Big bad lens.
Yes, this is the first brainchild of Victor Hasselblad, made in the 1940s for the Swedish Air Force. It took only a few steps to transform this spartan device into a camera that will conquer the Moon.
During World War II, the Swedish military captured a fully functioning… Continue
Added by lord_k on November 23, 2009 at 6:30am —
And it wants its waistcoat, specs, and mustache back. Between gin-fizz-slinging barmen in suspenders and Brooklyn dudes in bowler hats, you couldn't swing a walking stick in '09 without hitting a Teddy Roosevelt look-alike.
From GQ (America) - December 2009
Click on the link below to read a short article about the retro fashion movement in New York.…
One of the Diesel Era symbols is the aircraft carrier, born during the Great War to become the most important warship class of the next war.
This is USS Langley, CV-1, the first aircraft carrier of the US Navy. Converted from the collier Jupiter in 1922, she entered service just when the British rapidly expanded their carrier fleet. The very first carrier, HMS Ark Royal, was converted from a merchant ship in 1914. She…