Is it art? Is it sculpture? Is is furniture? These are questions we find ourselves asking when admiring the works of Paul Evans. One of America’s most controversial furniture designers, Evans is known prominently for the contributions he made later in his career to the American Craft Movement.
Mel Smilow may be a name you’ve never heard, however, when it comes to midcentury modern designers, Mel Smilow is a name you should know for many reasons. His incredibly successful career and thick portfolio should have led to more recognition in the MCM space, and yet, he is often overlooked.
Modern design welcomes modern ideas, but ideas aren’t always something that can be put on display with a price tag. One such idea that’s been a key part of modernism from the start is simplicity, minimalism.
The exact reasons why the Eames Chair design became such a powerful and lasting design throughout the years are hard to pinpoint. However, as with all fine art, whether it be music, sculpture, painting, or design, there is something within each that resonates with the time and throughout the ages.
Mary Lund Davis entered UW in 1942, during World War II. Her male classmates were all called to serve. Studying and learning alone removed a support network, but may have enabled freer thinking. In 1946 she became the first female architect in Washington State.
Today, A-frames still conjure associations with vacation homes and picturesque ski chalets perched atop remote mountain landscapes. But what about a modern A-frame for the 21st century?