Modernism

Mini modern dollhouses

Article: Mini modern dollhouses

We gays love modern furniture. Pop into any Design Within Reach and you’ll see. Take a trip to Palm Springs. Trust me. And, no big surprise here, we love a dollhouse too. So you know I was freaking out last week when I read this New York Times article on modern dollhouses. The replicas are…

Unhappy Hipsters

Article: Unhappy Hipsters

There are some things that can’t be learned from a book. Unhappy Hipsters is hilarious. And while I take issue with its title (it should be called Unhappy Modernists) I can only chuckle and giggle when I read the captioned pictures pulled from the pages of Dwell and DWR’s catalog. The images are clean, simple,…

MoMA: The New Typography

Article: MoMA: The New Typography

Graphic design has undergone many incarnations in the last century, but before even Alexey Brodovitch’s name rang any bells in the United States, the so-called New Typography movement was taking hold in countries like Germany, Russia and Czechoslovakia. Modernist designers rejected the traditional two or three column layout for text and instead of working from a grid, they began instead from the blank page. Free from constraints, images moved across the plane, often with little adherence to spatial relationships. But before image and line came into play, typography was at the forefront of the design revolution, and leading the pack was designer and author of the seminal book, “Die Neue Typographie” (1928), Jan Tschichold.

The Visual Acoustics of Julius Schulman

Article: The Visual Acoustics of Julius Schulman

If the name Julius Shulman doesn’t immediately ring a bell, what about names like Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, Pierre Koenig, or Mies Van der Rohe? Julius Shulman documented them all. But he did more than just take pictures of famous buildings.

Knitting's for the birds

Article: Knitting's for the birds

Many days of the week as I walk through SoHo to get a cup of coffee I often stop and stare through the window of Purl, the fabulous knitting shop. And while the women, yes, they’re almost always women in there, shop for yarns and quilting fabrics I cannot help but become envious of their ability…