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A Fair for the Future…?

With only a few days left to see the full Designing Tomorrow exhibition in Washington, Fred A. Bernstein’s proposal on Design Observer for a twenty-first century world’s fair in New York City is wonderfully fitting…and inspiring stuff. The post comes almost one … Continue reading

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THE WOMEN – “It’s All About Men”…and interior design

Next up in our Hollywood Modern series at the AFI Silver Theater is George Cukor’s 1939 film adaptation of the Clare Booth Luce play The Women (links to clip and trailer). Norma Shearer’s husband is having an affair, and her … Continue reading

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Design for Living, Take One…and Two

According to sources cited in Phyllis Ross’s excellent book Gilbert Rohde: Modern Design for Modern Living, the Design for Living House (John C. B. Moore, architect; Gilbert Rohde, interiors) built for Chicago’s 1933 A Century of Progress Exposition, was named … Continue reading

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Ernst Lubitsch and the Modern Romance

In honor of Valentine’s Day weekend, two offbeat romantic comedies are being shown as part of our “Hollywood Modern” film series at the AFI Silver.  Both films, Trouble in Paradise (1932) and Design for Living (1933) are classic Ernst Lubitsch … Continue reading

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Gibbons’ Grand Hotel

Having—finally—finished reading Christina Wilson’s wonderful doctoral dissertation “Cedric Gibbons and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer: The Art of Motion Picture Set Design” (University of Virginia, 1998), I’m particularly delighted that the Gibbons’-supervised masterpiece GRAND HOTEL will be first up in our “Hollywood Modern” film series. … Continue reading

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Hollywood Modern: Film Design of the 1930s

This Saturday, Designing Tomorrow‘s related film series “Hollywood Modern: Film Design of the 1930s” will begin at the AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, MD. We’re screening ten films (some in association with a great Ginger Rogers’ … Continue reading

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Walter Dorwin Teague on Exhibit Design

“…[T]oday many exhibitors come to fairs, not actually to sell wares…they see here an opportunity to meet the public face to face, explain the social value of their operations and justify their existence.” -Walter Dorwin Teague, “Exhibition Technique,” American Architect and … Continue reading

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