Wednesday, October 01, 2008
How A Bob Dylan Song Influenced Design: Thursday Thirteen Edition #108
1) Micahel Graves Kettle might be one of the most definitive designs or motifs from the 1990's but he was associated with an architectural movement in the 1980's, the Memphis Group.
2) Named after the Bob Dylan song Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again, the movement was a reaction against the post-Bauhaus "black box" designs of the 1970s and had a sense of humour that was lacking at the time in design.
Ettore Sottsass, called Memphis design the "New International Style".
3) Humana Tower, Louisville Kentucky, 1985 by Michael Graves.
4) Postmodern architecture was an international style whose first examples are generally cited as being from the 1950s, and which continues to influence present-day architecture. 5) Postmodernity in architecture is generally thought to be heralded by the return of "wit, ornament and reference" to architecture in response to the formalism of the International Style of modernism. As with many cultural movements, some of postmodernism's most pronounced and visible ideas can be seen in architecture. 6) The functional and formalized shapes and spaces of the modernist movement are replaced by unapologetically diverse aesthetics: styles collide, form is adopted for its own sake, and new ways of viewing familiar styles and space abound.
7) Swan and Dolphin Hotel by Michael Graves, Disney World 1991.
8) Article on Micahel Graves here
9) The cabinet shown here is a good example of the "Memphis Group" design...by George Sowden
10) Arata Isozaki designed the Kyoto concert Hall above.
11) 1987-1991 Mudeum for Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt by Hans Hollein.
12) Ettore Sottsass designed the tyoewriter above in 1969, for Olivetti.
13) Sottsass described Memphis in a 1986 Chicago Tribune article: "Memphis is like a very strong drug. You cannot take too much. I don't think anyone should put only Memphis around: It's like eating only cake."
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