Silly Saturday: Star Trek Enterprise Vintage Advertisement
Silly Saturday presents a mash-up of the command bridge of Star Trek’s Starship Enterprise with Mad Men’s mid-century style. Illustrator Matt Wiley’s advertisement below shows what we might have expected if Don Draper had the United Federation of Planets as a client. “Gleaming in brushed chrome, easy to clean as Deuterium plate.”
Thanks to Kevin Lee Allen Design for sharing this post.
Matt Wiley. Star Trek Starship Enterprise advertisement with details (2013).
View more of Matt Wiley’s work.
‘Star Trek’ Production Designer Jim Mees Dies
The Hollywood Reporter recently reported that Jim Mees, production designer who was best known for his work on the “Star Trek” television series of the 1980s and 1990s, died on March 27, 2013 of pancreatic cancer.
Fourteen of Mees’s thirty year career were spent designing futuristic sets for “Star Trek:The Next Generation,” “Voyager” and “Star Trek: Enterprise.” He earned five Emmy nominations for his work.
Read more on Jim Mees and his work at hollywoodreporter.com.
Silly Saturday: Calling All Chubbies
Retronaut.com recently posted a strange politically incorrect yet amusing series of Lane Bryant advertisements on their site. Apparently during the earlier part of the Twentieth Century it had been acceptable to refer to larger women as “stout” and “chubbies.” It’s difficult, however, to imagine that doing so would increase sales.
One example is shown here. See the other ads at Retronaut.com.
“Calling All Chubbies” Lane Bryant Advertisement, Designer unknown (circa 1940-1950).
Dodge and Burn: George Eastman House’s New Tumblr Blog
Design and Desire in the Twentieth Century is pleased to welcome the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film to tumblr. “Dodge and Burn” is the museum’s new blog, Their first post was dated March 14, 2013 (also birthday of renowned photographer Diane Arbus). The blog features outstanding photos from the museum’s collection such as the self-portrait of photographer Edward Steichen shown below.
Edward Steichen, Self-Portrait, ca. 1917, palladium print. Copyright: Estate of Edward Steichen.
Frank Lloyd Wright Crashed on Park Avenue
A significant piece of New York City’s architectural heritage was lost early in April 2013 when the Hoffmann Auto Showroom interior designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, and considered a fore runner of the Guggenheim Museum design, was demolished. The showroom had been on the first floor of a building located at the corner of Park Avenue and East 56th Street.
According to Crain’s New York Business, owners of the building applied for a demolition permit for the showroom on March 28, 2013, less than one week after “the Landmarks Preservation Commission called the owners of 430 Park Ave. to tell them the city was considering designating the Wright showroom…as the city’s 115th interior landmark.”
Crain’s went on to say that by the end of the following week the showroom had been totally gutted leaving no trace of Mr. Wright’s design.
Read the entire article and see a video report on Crain’s New York Business.
Thank you to Frank Lloyd Wright Newsblog for bringing this sad tale to our attention.
Frank Lloyd Wright, Drawing for Hoffman Auto Showroom, New York City (1955). Demolished. Copyright Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy.
Storm Thorgerson, Pink Floyd Album Artist (1944-2013)
Storm Thorgerson, the designer who is best known for his work designing album covers for the rock band Pink Floyd, died on April 18, 2013 after a battle with cancer, as reported by the Los Angeles Times. Perhaps the most iconic of Thorgerson’s covers was the rainbow prism for Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon.”
According to the LA Times’ obit, Thorgerson worked both individually and with the design group Hipgnosis, which he co-founded. Thorgerson’s work spans almost four decades and includes album cover designs for Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Genesis, Peter Gabriel, Anthrax, The Cranberries and Phish, among others.
During the 1980s and 1990s Thorgerson directed music videos not only for Pink Floyd and their lead vocalist David Gilmour but many other musical artists including Yes, Nik Kershaw, Robert Plant and Paul Young.1
Storm Thorgerson. Album Cover Design for Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” (1973).
- Wikipedia, (2013). Storm Thorgerson. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Storm_Thorgerson
Fifty Years of the Instamatic Camera
The Kodak Instamatic camera celebrates it’s 50th anniversary this year. Introduced in March 1963, the Instamatic revolutionized amateur photography in its day with it’s four shot flashcube and instant loading film cartridge. The Instamatic influenced many competitors’ products for years.
Architect Paolo Soleri (1919-2013)
Architect and theorist, Paolo Soleri, died on April 9, 2013. According to archdaily.com:
Paolo Soleri spent a lifetime investigating how architecture, specifically the architecture of the city, could support the countless possibilities of human aspiration. The urban project he founded, Arcosanti, 65 miles north of Phoenix, was described by NEWSWEEK magazine as “…the most important urban experiment undertaken in our lifetimes.”
Read the entire obituary on archdaily.com.
For more on Soleri and his work visit www.arcosanti.org.
Paolo Soleri, Arcosanti, exterior detail (1970-present), Mayer, AZ. Photo credit: Arcosanti.
Edith Head: Queen of Hollywood Costume Design
Even if you’re not an aficionado of classic Hollywood Cinema, chances are good that you are familiar with costume designer, Edith Head. Head reigned as the leading Hollywood costume designer for nearly five decades, earning thirty-five Oscar nominations and winning eight awards1 for costume design — the most for a woman in any motion picture category.2 But did you know that this legendary designer began her career as a romance languages teacher in a private girls’ school?
Edith Head’s Early Teaching Career
Born Edith Claire Posener in San Bernardino, California in 1897, and raised in the small mining town of Searchlight, Nevada, Edith earned a Master’s degree in French from Stanford University in 1920. She soon obtained a position as a language teacher at The Bishop School in La Jolla, California and later taught French at Hollywood School For Girls where she would be asked to also teach art.2 “To improve her drawing skills… she took evening art classes at the Chouinard Art College”3. Edith soon discovered that she very much enjoyed working with figures and costumes.2
Producer Joseph Levine, actress Carroll Baker and Edith Head on the set of Harlow (1965). Photographer unknown.
Edith Head’s Early Work At Paramount
Despite having no real professional experience in design or costume, Edith Head applied for a position as a sketch artist with Famous Players-Lasky Studios (later to become Paramount Studios) in 1924. She landed the job and soon was working as an assistant costume designer.2
Edith Head’s work during this period was often overshadowed by Paramount’s then head designer, Howard Greer then later under Travis Banton. After Banton resigned in 1938, Head was promoted to Paramount’s chief costume designer. She received public notoriety for Dorothy Lamour’s “sarong” dress in the films The Jungle Princess (1936)3 and The Hurricane (1937)2.
It was during this time that Edith Head’s marriage to Charles Head, a salesman with a drinking problem, dissolved, but the designer would continue to use her first husband’s name throughout her career.4 “In 1940 Edith Head married one of her best friends, Wiard Boppo (Bill) Ihnen, a Paramount set designer”4. (Ihnen himself won two Academy Awards for Wilson and for Blood on the Sun.)5 The couple remained married until Ihnen’s death in 1979.4