Archive for the ‘1960s’ Category

Braun Product Collection

August 22nd, 2011

Das Programm has a great collection of Braun products for your viewing pleasure. Das Programm actually sells some of the items that are on the site with the purpose of closing the gap between the ownership of such desirable design.


Vitra Living Towers by Verner Panton

July 18th, 2011

Verner Panton’s ideas were all quite extreme but in all rather comforting. This chair titled Living Towers uses three dimensions of a room. The organic shape is able to be used at four different levels.

In Panton’s work he believed in an importance to seek harmony between the people and their surroundings. This chair brought that together and was produced by Vitra in 1969. It is made out of a wooden frame with an upholstery covering the foam padding.

6 ft. 6.8 in. Tall
26.5 in. Deep
6 ft. 6.8 in. Wide/Length

Vintage Versace Madonna Ad Campaign

June 29th, 2011

Spotted these vintage looking Versace Madonna ads while searching around for Eames chairs. I won’t claim to be a fashion expert but the articles of clothing that she is wearing in these looks vintage, mid 60s early 70s.

One of the goals of the campaign was to show Madonna working in a different working environment not bound by the typical working woman. Versace dumped $20 million into their campaign for the year—this campaign was in 2005. Are they doing well now? I’m not sure. But at the very least they included an Eames Aluminum chair and an Apple keyboard and mouse.

Found on Eames design


Spiegel Publishing House by Verner Panton

June 21st, 2011

Verner Panton is an interior design superhero. His work in 1969 with the Spiegel Publishing house in Hamburg is one of his most unique interior works. Panton designed nearly everything inside, color schemes, lamps, textiles, and more. Unfortunately the swimming pool was later destroyed by a fire and the lobby area was completely redesigned in the 1990’s. Some of the space however still remains.

The interior area of what appears to be a lounge, looks reminiscent of of the 1967 Canadian Pulp & Paper Pavillion at the World Fair Exposition in Montreal. You can bet that when I finally get to designing a place to live, these same shapes will appear full force in a room.

Found on Space Invading


Verner Panton Visiona

June 12th, 2011

Experiencing the Sixties to mid-Seventies learning under Verner Panton would have been amazing. He was commissioned multiple times to design an exhibition for the chemical company Bayer. Each year the company rented a boat during the Cologne furniture fair and turned it into a temporary showroom. The designed by Panton were titled ‘Visiona’ and ‘Visiona 2’. Both showcased surreal organic interior home furnishings that consisted of vibrant colors. The word psychedelic is continually lingering in my mind and I do wonder his process of coming up with these color and shape choices.

As you can imagine the day I begin designing my own home, reflections of this intriguing style will be present somewhere inside. It’s places like these that are unnatural that seem to be the best fitting for my ability to create things. Make sure to check out the videos after the jump to see a quick walk through.

Found on Space Invading


Concrete + Basel School of Design

May 4th, 2011

More greatness from Armin Hofmann for the Basel School of Design (Basel Allgemeine Gewerbeschule) in the late ’50s early ’60s. I’m not sure exactly when it was designed but the school was built in 1961 by architect Hermann Baur.

Found in the 80Magazine Pool

Womens Fashion of the 60s

May 2nd, 2011

After browsing through an extensive pool of 60s fashion images I’m unable to decide whether or not fashion from the 1960s and 1970s was more interesting or more humorous. It does seem that the use of color was far more vivid and on a wider spectrum than it is now.

Images via the 60s Fashion Pool


1968 British Railway Passenger Network map

March 30th, 2011

This is by far one of the most gorgeous maps I’ve ever seen and I truly mean it. The map is clear, concise and has a subdued, easy-going color palette which makes it easy to look at. I’d also completely forgotten how similar the British Railways mark was to the Expo 67 logo, which is another great piece of design.

Via Wallace Henning


The Work of Max Huber

March 21st, 2011

Max Huber was a Swiss-born graphic designer who learned the values of the International Typographic Style at a young age. These values include the use of left-hand margins with a ragged right-hand, a clear & rational design aesthetic and the reliance on a typographic grid system.

Huber worked in Milan at Studio Boggeri, but returned briefly to his freelance career. Even with his clients he was experimental—especially with his use of photographic elements. What steals my eye mostly is how exploratory his type treatments were.

Found via Designspiration


The Illustration of Mid-Century Modern

January 6th, 2011

This is day 4 of Mid-Century Modern week. If you haven’t seen the previous sets you can catch those right below—what great collections they are. As I was sifting through architecture and interior design, I kept coming across illustrations via Flickr that were just magnificent. I’m sure the amount of time to create these is substantial. What I really enjoy about this illustration set is that each of them has a futuristic look and feel which is what really makes mid-century, modern. Check out more of Charles William Schridde’s work.

See Day 1: The Chairs
See Day 2: The Interiors
See Day 3: The Architecture
See Day 5: The Graphic Design


A Week of Mid-Century Design

January 3rd, 2011

For the next week (January 3rd through the 7th) I will be posting collections of mid-century design on the blog. Each of the posts will be archived here and added to each new post. Hope you enjoy the posts and can’t wait to share some of these images.

View each of the mid-century modern collections:
See Day 1: The Chairs
See Day 2: The Interiors
See Day 3: The Architecture
See Day 4: The Illustration
See Day 5: The Graphic Design

Gottschalk + Ash

December 30th, 2010

Gottschalk + Ash was founded in Montreal in 1966 by Swiss-born Fritz Gottschalk and Canadian native Stuart Ash. The two have racked up numerous design awards and honors over the last 40 years, with highlights that include identity work for Ciba and a re-design of the Swiss passport.

Found via Grain Edit

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