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Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Eero Saarinen’s Greatest Hits

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I am so excited for Museum of Design Atlanta’s upcoming Eero Saarinen exhibit – it starts this Sunday April 14th and will run through June 30, 2013. For those of you who won’t be in Atlanta during that time, I thought we could do a post on Saarinen here to let you enjoy his work too. Here’s a quick peek at a fe of his greatest hits:

The Miller House, Columbus, Indiana 1957: Now owned and maintained by The Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Miller House is open for tours. If you visit, be sure to pay attention the landscape by Daniel Urban Kiley; it’s one of the most spectacular modern gardens in the U.S. and the interior fun provided by Alexander Girard. Tickets sell out fast, so be sure to plan ahead if you’re planning a trip to the modern-architecture rich Columbus! You can buy them here.

photos via The Indianapolis Museum of Art

The TWA Terminal at JFK 1962: The last time I was in this building, it was leaky and there was a bird flying around, but this architecture was all about the Jet Age, back when flying was glamorous and exciting:

photo by Ezra Stoller

John Deere Headquarters, Moline, Illinois 1964: After catching the eye of John Deere’s president, William Hewitt with his designs, Saarinen designed the striking headquarters for the company. The project is a wonderful example of modern architecture living in harmony with its surroundings:

photo via johndeere.com

The Gateway Arch in St. Louis 1965: One of the most iconic structures (at 630 feet high, it’s also the tallest monument) in the U.S. is also by Saarinen. Again, he teamed up with Dan Kiley to complete the landscape. Isn’t this picture crazy? It gives me vertico just thinking about it, and it also makes me miss my erector set!

Saarinen’s furniture designs continue to be some of the most popular examples of mid-century modern style today.

He designed the Womb Chair (1964) at the behest of his good pal Florence Knoll, who wanted a chair she could curl up in. If one wants to stretch out in it, the matching ottoman is a great addition.

Of course, his tulip table, a.k.a. Knoll Saarinen Table (1956), is one of the most iconic pieces of furniture from the mid-century modern period. Saarinen was not fond of legs and wanted a cleaner look when it came to kitchen and dining areas. “The undercarriage of chairs and tables in a typical interior makes an ugly, confusing, unrestful world,” he said. “I wanted to clear up the slum of legs. I wanted to make the chair all one thing again.”

For a typical kitchen table with four legs plus four chairs, Saarinen decreased “the slum of legs” from 20 legs to 5 pedestals. Not too shabby!

For those of you in Atlanta during the next few months, be sure to check out MODA’s Eero Saarinen exhibit!

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Monday, May 26th, 2008

Dwell on Design 2008, Los Angeles

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Dwell on Design 2008, Los Angeles Good news! If you do not yet have your tickets to the Dwell on Design 2008 exhibition in Los Angeles, our friends at Dwell are now offering free passes to Hatch readers (free entrance to the exhibition only).

To get the goods you’ll need this code: BDODEC.

To register, follow this link: http://www.dwell.com/peopleplaces/conferences/17691009.html. All the details about the event can be found here. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

Dwell on Design 2008, Los Angeles

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Dwell on Design 2008, Los AngelesThe Skinny: 3rd Annual Dwell on Design Conference + Expo is Dwell Magazine’s four day event that takes place in Los Angeles from June 5-8, 2008. Chat with the people who are moving and shaking the industry, cozy up to Dwell editors, and visit a full-scale, pre-fab sustainable neighborhood completely landscaped and furnished by Dwell

Event Dates and Times:

* Conference: June 5-6. More than 50 talented and diverse speakers ranging from legislators to practitioners to activists, discussing everything form urban gardening to a mandated LEED program for LA.

* Exhibition: June 6-7. More than 200 exhibitors and an entire neighborhood of full-scale, pre-fab, sustainable structures completely landscaped and furnished by Dwell.

* Home Tours: June 7-8. Saturday covers single-family dwellings on the Westside, and Sunday covers urban dwellings downtown.

The Location: Los Angeles Convention Center (1201 S. Figueroa Street)

THE DISCOUNTS!!!:

* Discount code ADODED saves you 20% off of the Exhibition ticket price
* Discount code GRP22SP saves you $50 off of the Conference price.

Pre-registration ends May 24th. For more information on the event, check out the Dwell on Design website.

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Friday, May 2nd, 2008

SF Event: CITIZEN:Citizen—“Untitled” by Joe Gebbia

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Citizen: Citizen

If you are in the SF area over the next week, check out the “Untitled” exhibition by Joe Gebbia for CITIZEN:Citizen.

The when and where:

Launch Party: May 2nd; 6-8pm Chronicle Books 680 Second St, San Francisco. (Design Public staff will be there to check it out!)

Exhibition: May 3rd-May 10; 10am-5pm Chronicle Books 680 Second St, San Francisco

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