November 18, 2013


I discovered an interesting treasure in the record bins yesterday that will appeal to fans of architectural design and Mid-Century Modern. In 1956 the Reynolds Metals Company released a vinyl album called Conversations Regarding the Future of Architecture. In this 34-minute limited-edition album, narrator John Peter recorded the ideas and philosophies of Eero Saarinen, Ernest Kump, Mies van der Rohe, Richard Neutra, Walter Gropius, and Gordon Bunshaft. Listen to sides one and two below. Amazon link here

John Peter's conversations with designers was later expanded in the 1994 book/cd release The Oral History of Modern Architecture from Harry N. Abrams, and included other luminaries like Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, and I.M. Pei. Amazon link here. Spy Vibe posts: Mid-Century Modern at Schulz, Dieter Rams Braun DesignTati's Playtime, Bosko interview, Phillip Johnson Glass House, Set For Adventure. Other links of interest: Mies van der Rohe Society, Phillip Johnson Glass House, Eliot Noyes, Eero Saarinen, and the school my family started, the New York School of Interior Design

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