When one of the most important American architects of the last 50 years singles your product out as revolutionary? How can you not collaborate? That’s the position the folks at QuickDrain USA found themselves in back in 2009, when Michael Graves, the American architect in question, singled out one of their linear drains in a keynote speech in front of some 500 architects at the 2009 Healthcare Design Show in Orlando. It seems that he’d purchased one for his own home—QuickDrain had no idea—and told the audience that the drain was the future of ADA and barrier-free showers, something dear to the wheelchair-bound architect’s heart.
Living in the apartment where the Eames prototyped their first designs in the 1940s, I've always been fascinated by the subtle changes iconic pieces undergo as they are first put into production and later revived. Herman Miller, which began as a traditional Michigan furniture maker, was introduced to modernism by Gilbert Rhode in the 1930s, and again by George Nelson, who was their director of design, 1945-1972, a tenure no-one is ever likely to match. He designed an entire range of basic furniture himself in a year, and then brought in his friends, Charles and Ray Eames, who have been the company's household gods ever since. Over the years, as Herman Miller put a greater emphasis on the contract market, some of the Eames's designs went out of production. A few were pirated, European rights went to Vitra, but most of the drop-outs have been brought back in sparkling new editions.
Date: Tuesday, March 11, 2014
City Club Los Angeles
City National Bank Building
555 Flower Street 51st Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071
This year, SCDF is pleased to feature Ferdinando Guerra, International Economist of the Kyser Center for Economic Research at the LAEDC. Come join us for a topical discussion and the opportunity to meet Mr. Guerra!
Kyser Center for Economic Research
Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation
Do you have a recent (and professionally photographed) project with an innovative, creative use of tile? If so, we'd like to hear about. For an upcoming issue, we're looking for smashing tile installations. Inside, outside, residential or commercial, we want to see what you've done—and possibly include it in future issue. If you think you might have something that fits the bill, drop our editor-in-chief, Alexi Drosu, a line. Let her know a little bit about the project and include a few photos. Please be sure to send everything by Thursday, March, 6.
Johnston Marklee have won plaudits for their houses and they have now triumphed over several larger firms for a coveted commission: the Menil Drawing Institute (MDI) in Houston. The late Dominique de Menil had refined taste and great wealth—a rare combination—and she patiently sought very best in art and architecture. The main museum, which opened in 1987, is still Renzo Piano's best—for its springy grace and luminous interiors. She established a leafy campus around that building, preserved a row of old houses to accommodate visiting artists, and created several satellite galleries, including Piano's understated shrine to Cy Twombly. For its future growth, the board commissioned a master plan from David Chipperfield, which will replace three massive apartment blocks with new housing and the MDI.