Monday, August 18, 2008

Part 2: More Capital M Modern, Not Lower Case m modern

Nothing like six guys in suits to yell at the guy in the smock, who's sculpting a clay Chevy: MORE CHROME!


Thud said...

I went to a show of American classic cars in Napa on saturday...buildings are more my thing but I was knocked out by the combination of joyful excess and purity of line...a real pleasure to see.

anybodyinpoulsbo said...

As far as I am concerned, your Shaker influenced furniture has far more in common with lower case modernism than much of the stuff Ikea is producing. It is clean, simple, without excess adornment. The construction methods and materials used are straightforward and honest.
Like the "kitch"era that immediately followed the introduction of modern architecture and design in the mid twentieth century, The Ikea aesthetic is derived more from populism than the mathematical symmetry and historical precedent of any good design whether modern or more traditional. Don't get me wrong, some of Ikea's stuff is fun and interesting and I have gone through my period of decorating with 50's kitch but there is a difference between interesting and beautiful.
Except to a postmodernist.

Eric said...

But in 1949, it looks like Oldsmobile didn't see anything odd with putting its '88 model in a scene with what looks like some sort of Frank Lloyd Wright house in the background:

(I spend way too much time at that site)

SippicanCottage said...

Eric- I love that site too. They have a good eye.

FLW liked fly cars, as I recall.

Harry said...

Just a note on the video location; it is the styling area of the GM Technical Center in Warren Michigan, which in the 1950s was very new.

SippicanCottage said...

Hi Harry!

Please send our good wishes to your wife from all your friends in the swamp.