12.23.2014

SHADES OF GREEN

While everyone is getting ready for Christmas - last minute shopping, cleaning of the house and much more - I just wanted to take care of my plants. Today is one of this cold winter days with a blue clear sky and a bright sunsine, perfect for taking photos.

So here are some of my little ones. Treat them with love!

© Mid Mod & More. Photography by Fotini Masika.

12.11.2014

THE COMPLETE JACQUES TATI

The Criterion Collection has recently released "The Complete Jacques Tati", a box set collection on DVD & Blu-ray, wonderfully illustrated by David Merveille.









via Movie Poster of the Week

11.28.2014

EDWARD RUSCHA'S DRAWINGS OF LOS ANGELES APARTMENTS

EDWARD RUSCHA: DOHENY DRIVE, GRAPHITE ON PAPER, 1965
COLLECTION OF MR. AND MRS. DONALD MARRON
 
EDWARD RUSCHA: ATLANTIC BOULEVARD, GRAPHITE ON PAPER, 1965
PRIVATE COLLECTION
 
EDWARD RUSCHA: BRONSON TROPICS, GRAPHITE ON PAPER, 1965
COLLECTION OF THE ARTIST
 
EDWARD RUSCHA: BEVERLY GLEN, GRAPHITE ON PAPER, 1965
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN,
SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION, WASHINGTON, D.C.;
JOSEPH H. HIRSHHORN BEQUEST
 
EDWARD RUSCHA: NORMANDIE, GRAPHITE ON PAPER, 1965
COLLECTION OF THE ARTIST
 
EDWARD RUSCHA: THAYER AVENUE, GRAPHITE ON PAPER, 1965
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN,
SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION, WASHINGTON, D.C.;
JOSEPH H. HIRSHHORN BEQUEST
 
EDWARD RUSCHA: WILSHIRE BOULEVARD, GRAPHITE ON PAPER, 1965
PRIVATE COLLECTION
 
In 1965 Edward Ruscha published Some Los Angeles Apartments, a book that revieles the artist's fascination with the city and its unique characteristics. Having moved there from Oklahoma in 1956, Ruscha was immediately excited by his new environment and stimulated by its fast and mobile landscape. He found gasoline stations, apartments, vacant lots, and palm trees during drives around Los Angeles and photographed them from where he stood beside his parked car. 

Ruscha's interest, however, was not in documenting the city’s street scene or in making fine art photographs. His interest was in making books. The subject was incidental to the desire to make the experience of a book something different and exceptional. At first glance, the book looks as if it were a real estate guide with all the descriptive text removed. The deadpan layout and cover design are directly related to Ruscha's paintings at that time, which often used the same generic typefaces and symmetrical composition of three horizontal lines of type.

Simultaneously with the book production, he executed a series of apartment drawings. He selected ten images that particularly appealed to him for their diversity of formal composition, architectural style, and geometric divisions and executed them in powdered graphite on identically sized horizontal sheets of paper. Some, but not all of the subjects appear as photographs in “Some Los Angeles Apartments”.

Ruscha simplified the photographic images when translating them into drawings. He eliminated telephone lines, smoothed out the textures of the buildings, stylized the palm fronds, creating minimalistic variations of the original photos. He modified the proportions of the buildings, their height and perspective. He added angles and architectural details or decorative light fixtures to increase spatial patterning and heighten shadow contrast.

Soft shaded graphite areas and hard-edge planes or sharp linear elements was achieved by rubbing powdered graphite on the paper in varying densities with a cotton swab, often masking out certain areas with tape or blocking out portions of buildings when applying the graphite. The sharp contrasts of light and dark that result intensify the strong diagonal and horizontal elements typical of Ruscha’s art.

Photos and text via
Edward Ruscha Los Angeles apartments, 1965 / Richard Marshall
Whitney Museum of Modern Art (1990)

11.24.2014

A TIMBER-CLAD HOUSE BY THE SEA

A beautiful mid century modern house, located at Sandgate, Kent, built in 1962 and designed by architect John Floydd, who is still practicing today.

All photos via The Modern House

11.17.2014

MIDNIGHT MODERN

1030 WEST CIELO DRIVE, PALM SPRINGS | © TOM BLACHFORD PHOTOGRAPHY
 
879 N MONTE VISTA, PALM SPRINGS | © TOM BLACHFORD PHOTOGRAPHY
 
1133 N VISTA VESPERO, PALM SPRINGS | © TOM BLACHFORD PHOTOGRAPHY
 
1175 N MONTE VISTA, PALM SPRINGS | © TOM BLACHFORD PHOTOGRAPHY
 
872 N CORONET CIRCLE, PALM SPRINGS | © TOM BLACHFORD PHOTOGRAPHY
 
877 S VIA LAS PALMAS, PALM SPRINGS | © TOM BLACHFORD PHOTOGRAPHY
 
814 N HIGH ROAD, PALM SPRINGS | © TOM BLACHFORD PHOTOGRAPHY
 
Midnight Modern is a photography collection of iconic midcentury Palm Springs architecture, taken by Melbourne-based photographer Tom Blachford under the light of a super moon.

Each image represents a 30-second exposure and as the older Palm Springs suburbs have no street lights, only moonlight illuminates the homes. A dark and dramatic result that goes beyond classic architectural photography.

Midnight Modern series was recently exhibited at Modern Times in Melbourne and remaining prints are available for sale online.

All images via Tom Blachford

11.13.2014

THE BAUHAUS-ARCHIV MUSEUM CORPORATE IDENTITY

The Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung in Berlin has recently introduced a new corporate design. A typeface developed by Stuttgart design agency L2M3, stands at the core of the new image. Along with the revised word mark “Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung”, the system developed by L2M3 for the Bauhaus-Archiv encompasses an extensive set of characters featuring the new typeface Bayer Next and glyphs taken from historical Bauhaus texts.

Sascha Lobe, creative director of L2M3, describes Bayer Next not as an update to the original, but an expansion or a natural evolution. “We paid homage to the diversity of the archival material by redrawing the glyphs and examining further possibilities for their adaptation and modification. The result is a total of over 555 glyps and a system that allows expansions and can be updated easily,” explains Lobe. In this way, unlimited possibilities have been created for adapting the design’s application in printed materials and digital media.









All images: Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung, ©/Design: L2M3

Resources:
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