If you are planning a trip to LA anytime soon and want to check out the city’s modernist architecture, Curbed LA created this nifty map of all the Case Study Houses in the city. The map includes addresses, pictures and info on the homes built between 1945 and 1962 as part of the Arts & Architecture program. Above is a shot I took at the 1960 Stahl House (Case Study House #22 by Pierre Koenig) when I was out in LA a couple years ago. Read the original Case Study announcement.
Month: October 2011
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Frank Lloyd bought two. That’s a good endorsement of the bentwood rocking chair known as the Rapson Rapid Rocker. The chair was originally designed in 1939 by Ralph Rapson, a leading American modernist architect and furniture designer, who is known for his unique sketches and for designing Case Study House #4 (unbuilt; modified versions available here).
To learn more about Rapson’s furniture designs, head to Archer in Georgetown for the upcoming Ralph Rapson: The Architect as Chair Designer, the first exhibit dedicated to the furniture designs of the award-winning Rapson. The opening reception for the exhibit is Nov. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit, which will run until Dec. 4, is curated by architectural historian and co-author of Ralph Rapson: Sixty Years of Modern Design, Jane King Hession. (I recently sold Jane’s custom Goodman in Hollin Hills. Jane and her husband are now building a modern home in Minnesota.)
The show will feature highly sought-after vintage Rapson chairs, produced in the 1940s for H.G. Knoll, as well as sketches–crafted in Rapson’s famous and inimitable style (see above)–for dozens of unrealized furniture designs. The event will showcase chairs from Rapson-Inc.’s new production line of Rapson classics, available exclusively at Robert Chapman’s ARCHER.
“We are thrilled at the depth and breadth of the ARCHER event and exhibit,” says Rapson-Inc. owner Toby Rapson, who is scheduled to attend the opening night reception. “Robert is deeply knowledgeable about Modernism, and the ARCHER space is beautiful. It’s a great honor to be featured in the showroom and have Robert’s help in telling my dad’s story.”
Born in Michigan, Rapson graduated from the University of Michigan and studied urban planning at Cranbrook Academy of Art, in Bloomfield Hills under Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen, where colleagues included Charles Eames, Harry Bertoia and Eero Saarinen. In 1945, at age 31, Rapson designed his furniture line for H.G. Knoll and became the youngest of the original group of nine architects invited to participate in Arts + Architecture magazine’s seminal Case Study House program in postwar housing.
Both an architect and educator, Rapson taught at the New Bauhaus in Chicago and at MIT before beginning a 30-year tenure as head of the School of Architecture at the University of Minnesota in 1954. He designed the original Tyrone Guthrie Theatre (1963) in Minneapolis as well as numerous projects for the U.S. State Department, including extant embassies in Stockholm and Copenhagen. In his spare time, Rapson prolifically designed chairs. At the age of 92, his Lounge Chair entry prevailed over those by much younger competitors to win BluDot/Dwell magazine’s 2007 design competition. Rapson passed away at the in 2008 at the age of 93.
Hope to see many of you at the opening reception next Friday evening.
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If you were not able to make it to the recent Apartment Therapy design evening on mid-century modernism, here is a link to AT’s write up. The panel discussion was lead by organizer Desiré Greene and featured Robert Chapman, owner of Modern Capital sponsor Archer, Suzanne McLees, former northeast director of Design Within Reach and chair of the 2012 Hollin Hills Home and Garden Tour (stay tuned for more details) and myself. We talked about the local mid-century modern architecture, real estate and furniture/design scene (the Esten House I sold, pictured above, comes to mind) with a good group of modern aficionados.
/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/modern-capital-logo.png 0 0 Mid-Century Mike /wp-content/uploads/2019/11/modern-capital-logo.png Mid-Century Mike2011-10-17 23:35:432020-07-07 15:38:02The Homes of Tomorrow, Today
I hope you were able to get to the National Building Museum’s Designing Tomorrow: America’s World’s Fairs of the 1930s, which closed recently. The first-of-its-kind exhibit highlighted the innovative design displayed at the world’s fairs of the 1930s. One of the most interesting sections of the exhibit was on homes featuring the latest in modern technology and convenience that were introduced and marketed to the fair goers. The 1933 fair in Chicago–the theme was a Century of Progress–highlighted the Homes of Tomorrow Exhibition, a dozen, mostly modern-style homes that sat along lake Michigan.
After the fair, developer Robert Bartlett purchased five of the homes, the Wieboldt-Rostone House, the House of Tomorrow, the Florida Tropical House, the Armco-Ferro House and the Cypress Log Cabin, loaded them on barges and floated them across Lake Michigan to Beverly Shores, Indiana, where is was developing a new resort community. (The log cabin was dismantled and trucked to Indiana.) Bartlett bought the homes so he could use them as a marketing device to bring people to see his development.
Today the houses are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and are in various states of repair. The houses have been leased to the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana. In turn, private individuals or families have leased the homes and are rehabilitating them. On my my way back home from my recent visit to Chicago, I drove through Beverly Shores to see these landmark homes. In addition to these homes, there are a number of other modern homes in the lakeside community, including a National Register-designated home by Swiss architect Otto Kolb. I even spotted a Lustron amid the sand dunes.
/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/modern-capital-logo.png 0 0 Mid-Century Mike /wp-content/uploads/2019/11/modern-capital-logo.png Mid-Century Mike2011-10-10 01:56:032011-10-10 01:56:03Walking Tour: Chloethiel Woodard Smith’s Southwest
Washington Walks will be holding a walking tour of Chloethiel Woodward Smith‘s archtiecture in Southwest DC on Saturday, Oct. 22. The tour starts at 11 outside the Waterfront Metro. No reservations are required for the $15 tour. “A look at how a remarkable architect used the vocabulary of modernism to design enduring residential buildings in Southwest Washington, D.C.,” the description of the tour reads. “Urban renewal forced stark elimination of the 19th-century Southwest built environment, yet Woodard Smith’s architecture exemplifies why planners placed great hope in redevelopment.” Smith was one of country’s premier modernists–male or female–and one of the driving forces and architects behind the urban renewal plan in Southwest, designing such residential complexes as Capitol Park townhomes and apartments (pictured above) and Harbour Square (pictured below). She collaborated on both projects with the dean of modernist landscape architects Dan Kiley‘s modernist landscape. Seth Wilschutz of Hartman-Cox Architects will be a special guest on the tour.