Charles and Ray Charles and Ray Eames are among the most important American designers of the 20th century. The Eameses are best known for their groundbreaking contributions to architecture, furniture design, industrial design and manufacturing, and the photographic arts. Charles Eames was born in 1907 in St. Erik Gunnar Asplund -1885 – 1940 This is a brief presentation about the EGA-foundation Gunnar Asplund is considered as one of the leading architects in Scandinavia during the 20th century. His influence is felt even today. During the 1980’s reevaluation of the modernism-movement, Asplunds architecture with its distinctive merging of classicism and modernism would play a significant part even at an international level. Dieter Rams - Design Museum As head of design at Braun, the German consumer electronics manufacturer, Dieter Rams (1932-) emerged as one of the most influential industrial designers of the late 20th century by defining an elegant, legible, yet rigorous visual language for its products. Formative Years Dieter Rams was born in Wiesbaden, Germany, in 1932. As a teenager he loved to watch his grandfather who worked as a carpenter. During those formative years Rams absorbed his grandfather’s ways of thinking about work and craft, which Rams credited as being extremely influential for his own development as a designer. In 1947, at sixteen years of age, Rams began a course in Interior Design at the newly reopened Handwerker Kunstgewerbe Schule, in Wiesbaden. However, after only two semesters, he interrupted his studies for a three-year carpentry apprenticeship.
Walter Gropius Walter Adolph Georg Gropius (May 18, 1883 – July 5, 1969) was a German architect and founder of the Bauhaus School, who, along with Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright, is widely regarded as one of the pioneering masters of modern architecture. Early life Born in Berlin, Walter Gropius was the third child of Walter Adolph Gropius and Manon Auguste Pauline Scharnweber (1855-1933). Early career (1908–1914) Walter Gropius, like his father and his great-uncle Martin Gropius before him, became an architect.
Organic Forms in Architecture A glance at recent work by internationally influential architects shows a shift in fundamental building forms. Buildings have historically been seen as assemblages of modular parts. This approach was perhaps unavoidable when the majority of building materials were, by nature, modular. Even with the coming of the industrial era, when steel and concrete freed buildings’ exterior walls from their load-bearing role, this kit-of-parts mentality prevailed. Mid-century modernists experimented almost obsessively with ways to articulate a building’s skin using its bay size and the rhythm of its columns. Forays into Expressionism, which took advantage of more plastic materials and explored biomorphic forms, were widely dismissed as overly emotional–even fantastical–and rationalism prevailed.
Terence Conran Sir Terence Conran – Italian Compassod’Oro, Ernst & Young, Lifetime Achievement Award for Business, Esquire, Lifetime Achievement Award, Prince Philip, Designer of the year award, Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts etLettres, France, D&AD President’s Award, Royal Society of Arts Bicentenary Medal. SIAD Design Medal – Product & Graphic Design, BCT Tactile Project – Wall tile of the year UK and Leonardo icon range – Red Dot design award Tchibo kitchen range – IF product design award serie architects: working in series exhibition + 2010 young architects of the year award nov 24, 2010 serie architects: working in series exhibition + 2010 young architects of the year award ‘working in series’ exhibition by serie architects at the architectural association, london (above) the tote (2009) image © designboom serie architects: working in series front members’ room architectural association, london until 15 december 2010 this year’s young architect of the year award has been given to serie architects, a young london-based practice founded by partners christopher C M lee and kapil gupta in 2007. with additional offices in mumbai, beijing and chengdu, the studio has accelerated into wide recognition with a number of built projects and competition wins.
Housing Design: 10 Masterpieces of Urban Community Creative Communities: 10 Masterpieces of Urban Housing The phrase “urban housing” can mean many different things. It can represent a small, multi-family structure, a large scale housing project or a high rise building that scrapes the sky. Paul Kasmin Gallery - Mattia Bonetti (b. 1952 in Lugano, Switzerland. Lives and works in Paris.) Since the beginning of his pioneering career in the early 1970s, Mattia Bonetti has approached the distinction between art and design not as a barrier, but as a wellspring of creative dialogue. As Carol Vogel writes, "Bonetti's work captures a particularly imaginative moment at the end of the 20th and beginning of the 21st centuries when historical forms are freshly translated and familiar materials are pushed to new limits.