Silly Saturday The Jetsons - Family of the Future

Enjoy William Hanna and Joe Barbera's conception of The Jetsons, the family of the future from a Mid-century perspective. Note Hanna and Barbera’s take on parking, treadmills and pneumatic tube transport.


The Wonderful Robots of Clayton Bailey

In this video Senior Curator at the San Jose Museum of Art, JoAnn Northrup, discusses the work of Clayton Bailey, a prominent artist in the Funk Art movement. Bailey created robot sculptures from recycled machine and appliance parts. His work was featured in the Museum’s 2008 exhibition, Robots: Evolution of a Cultural Icon, which examined the development of robot iconography in art and design during the Twentieth Century.

Visit Clayton Bailey’s Web site for more information on the artist and his work. 


Edward Frank Unsung Champion of Midcentury Furniture Design

Design and Desire in the Twentieth Century usually focuses on legendary designers of the past century, but today we share a fascinating interview with Ron Frank discussing his uncle, Edward, who ran the family furniture store in Los Angeles, and his decision to sell modern Scandinavian furniture

According to Edward Frank’s 2005 obituary in the Los Angeles Times:

Frank’s passion for the field and his sophisticated tastes made Frank Bros. a magnet for architects, interior decorators and magazine editors. In the 1950s he was invited by John Entenza, editor of Arts & Architecture magazine, to furnish model houses designed for the Case Study Program that Entenza directed, to promote Modernist architecture.

The video posted by the National Building Museum includes outstanding period photographs.


Silly Saturday: Rock ‘n’ Rohe

From the rubble of the War 
You saw that less was more, 
You really loved that glass n steel,

And then you rocked the look n feel.
When the Nazis came to town 
Bauhaus was goin down, 

You moved it out to Illinois,
Where you became the wonder boy…

Genius! Thanks to Edward Lifson for posting the link to this video on his Hello Beautiful! blog, and special thanks to Facebook friend Craig Schlanger for contributing the pithy blog title (actually, I stole it).

For more on the architect, read the Mies Van der Rohe Society Blog.

Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared on Design and Design and Desire in the Twentieth Century on August 7, 2010. 


It’s Alive! Inside Dr. Frankenstein’s Laboratory

Design and Desire in the Twentieth Century celebrates Halloween by featuring the life and work of Charles D. Hall, the production designer responsible for the look of Universal's iconic horror films of the 1930s.

In this video excerpt from Frankenstein (1931), Hall combines styles from Gothic architecture in Frankenstein’s castle with Art Deco inspired laboratory technology. Hall’s design influenced the look of horror films for decades.


Al Hirschfeld, George Gershwin and Rhapsody in Blue 

Legendary NEW YORKER illustrator Al Hirschfeld would have turned 100 this past June. To commemorate the artist’s centennial, Adam Chandler of Tablet Magazine posted this marvelous clip set to George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” from Disney’s Fanatsia 2000 on which, according to Chandler, Hirschfeld served as a consultant. 

Read more about Al Hirschfeld’s connections with jazz on Tablet.


Julia Morgan: The Client’s Architect

If you enjoyed our recent article on California architect Julia Morgan, we know you’ll love this video — Julia Morgan: The Client’s Architect. The presentation features exceptional photos of the architect, her major works and several of her notable clients.

The video was created by Alicia Deschamps for her masters’ architecture history class. Thanks go out to Alicia for sharing.


Silly Saturday: Redesigning the STOP Sign

Design and Desire in the Twentieth Century originally posted this video in December 2011, but it’s so funny we wanted to share it again!

This video is dedicated to all the frustrated graphic designers out there who’ve had to deal with clueless clients. Thank to joseclaro1 for sharing this hilarious clip.


Silly Saturday: Design Gangsta

In this hilarious video, graphic Designer Kyle T. Webster demonstates his “Design Gangsta” attitude.

 Enjoy, but keep in mind this creative advice: “Whack stock is fa’ prankstas.”

View Webster’s portfolio.


Edith Head on Audrey Hepburn and “Transformation Through Wardrobe”

In this clip from a 1953 episode of “You Asked For It” Hollywood costume design legend Edith Head explains to host Art Baker how she familiarizes herself with a film’s actress as part of the process of “transformation through wardrobe.”

The example Edith Head uses here to illustrate this concept is her work with Audrey Hepburn for the film Roman Holiday. Edith Head won the Oscar in 1953 for costume design for Roman Holiday.

Read about designer Edith Head in a recent post.