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Postby N.U.Mod » Thu Oct 09, 2008 11:29 am

Hi, LLers,

So happy to find this site. Sometimes I feel so alone where I live where modern is considered weird or radical. On this site I feel like I am HOME!!

My degree is in architecture but I have shifted to product design of late. There seem to be very few women who have made their mark in the Mid-Century arena. As a female, modern is my style of choice. I always find it so interesting when I hear people call it masculine. For me its not so much that it is masculine, but is the first style that is truly androgynous. Sometimes I go to my friends homes, I came from Wash Metro Area --the McMansion capitol of the world--and the husbands look so uncomfortable in their spaces...sitting down to avoid ruffling the ruffles, lace, and all things frou-frou. That is so not me. My husband and I have identical taste. I saw in one post where someone stated that Mid-Century was all about logic and reason and that's why men like it. That's how I define beauty. I find the simplicity of form absolutely stunning. I think modern design is very confident design. It doesn't have to prove itself with unnecessary ornament.

I wanted to take this opportunity to salute some of the women who have made tremendous contributions in Mid-Century history. Please feel free to comment on the ones I have listed, why you love them too, and add some of your own. Let's hear about some who are not as well known:

1. Eva Zeisel - potter extraordinaire - if you are not familiar with it, check out her contemporary collaboration with the KleinReid duo; very compatible with clean line environments

2. Eileen Gray - architect and furniture design dynamo; her pieces are absolutely timeless

3. Ray Eames - obviously she was part of the husband and wife team but it always amuses me that people think Ray was Charles' brother

4. Florence Knoll - she was actually responsible for adopting the International Style and revolutionized the Knoll name - first lady of modern taste and style

5. Charlotte Perriand - some people are not as familiar with the name but she was a large part of the trio who developed the iconic Corbu furniture pieces

6. Gae Aulenti - architect and product designer from Italy

Or you can just talk about women and modernism in general. My husband's friends are jealous. They always LOVE coming to our house!!

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Postby ch » Thu Oct 09, 2008 5:44 pm

Here's an interesting book which approaches this topic from a the perspective of women as clients of modern architecture, "Women and the Making of the Modern House":


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Postby Josquin » Wed Oct 15, 2008 2:25 pm

Here are a few of my selections:

Greta Magusson Grossman - Architect and Designer http://www.r20thcentury.com/bios/design ... icle_id=52

Toshiko Takaezu - Ceramicist

Claire Falkenstein - Sculptor
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.h ... A961958260

Helen Lundeberg - Artist
http://www.louissternfinearts.com/newsi ... g_bio.html

Néomi Raymond - Artist & Designer
http://www.design.upenn.edu/archives/ar ... aymond.htm

Anni Albers - Artist

Chizuko Yoshida - Artist

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Postby savannah modern » Sat Jun 27, 2009 3:03 pm

Lisa Larson - Swedish

some of her stuff (not my store)

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Postby seniors094ever » Thu Aug 20, 2009 5:29 pm

Mary Wright?

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Postby Cfein » Tue Sep 01, 2009 12:46 pm

Betha Schaeffer Designed the majority of pieces for M. Singer and Sons.

She was a well renowned New York Interior Designer. Her Pieces are often attributed to the likes of Mollino, Ponti, and Ico Parisi.

Go to www.wright20.com and do a singer search for pics of her pieces. She is an overshadowed figure of the era.

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