Friday, March 18, 2011

New Modernmass site!!

Thanks for continuing to check out this blog. However, we have moved everything into a brand new, integrated modernist blog and web site at All new posts will be there. Please bookmark it.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Mini Doc on Eames

Marilyn and John Neuhart interview promoting Marilyn's book about Eames and designers behind the scenes.

The Story of Eames Furniture: Marilyn Neuhart with John Neuhart - Interview from Gestalten on Vimeo.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Ben Thompson, Jane Thompson, and Design Research

Ben Thompson in front of his house on Moon Hill Road.

Ben Thompson was one of the key partners of The Architects Collaborative and one of the founding residents of the Six Moon Hill neighborhood here in Lexington. Then he went on to become a "shaper of cities," including ther evitalization plan for Boston’s old Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, South Street Seaport in Manhattan, and Harborplace in Baltimore. Architecture Boston Magazine has dedicated its current issue to him.

Of particular interest in this issue is the article by Thompson's son, Anthony, declaring his house at 40 Moon Hill Rd., "perhaps the worst building Ben Thompson ever designed. The roof leaked. The house was drafty. There was no privacy. Form did not follow function. I should know. I grew up there."

There will also be this event this week:

March 16 » Boston Public Library’s Rabb Lecture Hall, Copley Square
6:00 pm » Free

A retrospective of the life of the Design Research stores in Cambridge, New York and San Francisco (1953–1978), this presentation by 2010 National Design Award winner Thompson encompasses the larger story of modernism in architecture and everyday objects, evolving from the 1920s German Bauhaus into the midcentury vocabulary of American buildings, interiors, useful objects, textiles and graphics. This lecture is part of the Boston Society of Architects lecture series. You can read more about Design Research in the Spring issue of ArchitectureBoston magazine