julius shulman, 1911 – 2009. as a child in upstate new york, my favorite playdate was with a girl down the street who had her mother’s barbie dream house from the 1950s. the house was simple– made of cardboard, it was one level with a few partitions. and the walls were stylized. the spaces and style were all new to me living in our contemporary 1970s home. julius schulmans photography captured the postwar california lifestyle and the architect’s vision– his work is part of the essence of what made me want to study design.
julius schulman photographing case study house #22 . 1960
case study house #22, [playboy], los angeles 1960 .pierre koenig, architect . chromogenic print
kaufmann house, palm springs, 1947 . richard neutra, architect . gelatin silver print
chuey house, los angeles 1958 . richard neutra, architect . gelatin silver print
case study house #22, los angeles 1960 . pierre koenig, architect . gelatin print
bailey house . case study house #21, los angeles, 1958 . pierre koenig, architect . chromogenic print
i saw neri oxman in vogue magazine– she is stunning and her research and design work is amazingly ethereal. an architect and medical scholar, she founded the materialecology design research lab at MIT. her work explores the unpredictable ways that natural processes can inform architecture. MoMa curator paola antonelli sums it up when she says that in trying to “understand what nature knows about assembly that we don’t . . .neri is doing what we have been trying to do for millenia by stealing secrets from nature. . . her work looks like beautiful sculpture, but it represents the future of architecture and design.” [via Vogue, May 2009]
situated in the belgium countryside, this residence is a simple, clean form juxtaposed against the surrounding rural landscape. the images of this barn transformation are summery– a nice way to start july.
Two years ago, my husband and I had the pleasure of spending the day with Sam Maloof at his property in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains in Southern California. He gave us a tour of the workroom, the storage sheds filled with beautiful wood, the museum and his home. We met the men in the shop and we had lunch in town. Sam was amazingly humble and inspirational. Every word was thoughtful. He referred to himself as a woodworker and appeared astonished at the demand for his work and the prices it fetches at auction. Afterall he explained that he found his career by building a home for his family, room by room and he was one of those lucky people who’s passion became their career.
“I want to be able to work a piece of wood into an object that contributes something beautiful and useful to everyday life. And I want to do this for an individual that I can come to know as a friend.” Sam Maloof [Smithsonian American Art Museum]