Archive for the ‘1960s’ Category

Architect Ray Kappe

November 1st, 2010

Pictured here is Ray Kappe. Also pictured in previous images is his wife & partner Shelly Kappe

Prior to reading an article on Dwell about Los Angeles architect Ray Kappe, I was not aware of what I was missing out on. Ray designed this multilevel home for his family in 1965 and then built it in a canyon in Pacific Palisades. The central living space offers spacious views throughout the interior; into spaces such as Ray Kappe’s office and the upper family room. Each room is lit very well. The ambient light through skylights, corner windows or clerestories illuminates the rooms and really makes the interior feel spacious.

The whole house is built out of concrete and wood and in turn maintains the mid-century modern look we’ve all come to admire. Where the wood timbers meet with the glass panes and concrete is where the magic happens. Coming across such treasures is becoming more and more of a rarity it seems like. In the interview with Dwell, Shelly Kappe said that when the house was built, it “was so ahead of its time.” It was an encapsulation of Ray’s vision for the house to be a synthesis of the rational and the intuitive.

1966 Eley Ammunition

October 6th, 2010

Such beautiful packaging here. Lets take a stand and only create things like this from here on out—who’s with me? These ammunition cartridge packages were done for Eley, Imperial Metal Industries in 1966. They were done at Service Advertising Co. Ltd., in London by artist David Mawfod and Art Director John Harrison.

Via ISO50

Dieter Rams: Less and More Interview

October 4th, 2010

YouTube Preview ImageDieter Rams is someone that I consider a godfather of modern usable design. His contributions to Braun were huge. They helped forge an understanding of design’s function. Part of my reasoning for posting this video isn’t just to showcase work that I feel needs to be spread around to help educate. It’s also to show you who Dieter Rams is and what his personality is like. I’ve come to find that even though I may not care for certain works of certain artists, seeing them talk about design can really change my mind.

The first time I watched a video of Dieter Rams talking was in the Objectified Documentary. If I were to pull one great thing from Dieter Rams in that movie it would be his personality—truly respectful. He is seemingly a man who takes design seriously. Every piece of his design has this weird reflection of the personality that is seen in these brief interviews. As I finish up posting this, I’ve turned on Objectified to watch once again for Dieter Rams’ wise contributions.

Video via Gesthalten

Collectable Vintage Design

October 1st, 2010

1960s Braun T520 Radio by Dieter Rams » See more images

1960s Braun SK6 Record Player by Dieter Rams » See more images

1970s Calendar clock origins unknown » See more images

Vintage design? Don’t mind if I do. These three pieces are collectables that were for sale on eBay not long ago. I actually think the clock and Braun T520 Radio (which I’d love to have) are still available. Check out the knobs and dials on them. The Braun radio and record player are definitely the must haves.

Mid Century Corporate Design

September 24th, 2010

Various mid-century corporate annual covers. These were from the 1960s. The first is by far my favorite and was done by Erik Pelt for the Graphis annual. The typography is really something else.

Via Aqua Velvet

Mid-Century Interior Design Flashback

September 10th, 2010

The Flashback group on Flickr has one of the best collections of vintage goodies from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Some of the interiors that I found are really outstanding. Particularly the ones that look really modern—modern to today. It’s amazing how organic the design was as well.

Images via Flashback Group


Less and More: Dieter Rams

August 30th, 2010

Bibliotheque designed this beautiful retrospective exhibition dedicated to Dieter Rams, one of the 20th century’s most influential industrial designers. At the head of design at Braun, he defined an elegant and consistently designed products that we’ve come to know and love. Dieter Rams’ work continually blows me away; his seemingly geometric designs are ever so simple, yet so great.

The exhibition featured 244 objects, spanning six decades of his life and work. Planned across five sections (Dieter Rams solo projects, Braun team projects under Dieter’s leadership, Vitsœ and Typology and Legacy), the design of the exhibition utilized an array of graphic expressions—each appropriate to specific areas of content. The entrance featured an internal facade with Rams’ Vitsoe 606 compression system spanning the width of the upper gallery. In the middle of the exhibit they recreated part of Ram’s house using the same tiled grid he had in his living room. The back wall of the exhibit featured a seven meter wide mural of the Audio 300 stereo with a superimposed grid demonstrating Braun’s rational approach to product layout.


1962 Seattle Worlds Fair

July 30th, 2010

Stumbled upon more images from the 1962 intriguing images from Seattle’s World Fair in ’62. I found it interesting to look at these images and then walk over to the Space Needle and compare just how much they have taken away.

Images found via azzurrolou

Project Thirty Three Album Covers

July 21st, 2010

These album covers are from a collection scanned and archived by Jive Time Records, a Seattle based store specializing in used vinyl. The fact that designers could get away with such simple designs just blows me away. It seems to me that it’s getting harder and harder to get away with designing so simply.

Visit Project Thirty Three’s archive.


1967 World Fair Postcards

July 20th, 2010

A few more postcards from the ’67 World’s fair in Montreal. With some of these postcards I just really enjoy the logo and style of the photograph the most.

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