April 24, 2017 at 2:30pm our class had a filed trip to the Cooper Hewitt Museum. There were so many great designs within the design department it was really hard to choose from. Nevertheless, it came down to my personal top 3 favorites.
Poster UNIC, 1932
Designed, by A.M Cassandre
Printed by Alliance Graphique
Lithographic Print on paper it’s dimensions are-
H x W: 160 × 119 cm (5 ft. 3 in. × 46 7/8 in.)
This Poster stood out to me because I was completely captivated on how modern it looks. Even more amazed when I saw the date it was made (1932). During this time I had no idea poster were even thought with such sophistication. From the choice of the background color to the socks and shoes it all blends so well with each other. I really enjoy they way the shoe is projected by his feet being crossed making it seem very cool to own these pair of shoes. The socks have a slight fad going on at the top of the poster in order to compliment the text used in this poster ad. The typography used here seems to be a slab serif through out the poster but with an ocean blue text that follows underneath the name of the brand UNIC. This poster targets the modern day businessman or lawyer or any professional man that has to be dressed up in suites. You can also see that the print quality is very rich in color and in material. This poster is considered a promotional poster/advertising for footwear. With its strong delivery on imagery here I have no doubts that if this poster was up today it will have a better affect in todays world as well.
Eiffel Tower, 1924
Painted by Robert Delaunay
Its medium is oil on canvas.
Its dimensions are:
184.15 x 174.31 x 3.81 cm. (72 1/2 x 68 5/8 x 1 1/2 in.)
189.23 x 178.75 cm. (74 1/2 x 70 3/8 in.)
This is one of the most common places people dream of visiting weather it is with family, friends, or your one true love. Paris is defiantly on the bucket list. This is a predominant perspective angle of what is seems to be sitting in an aircraft or plane looking down on the Eiffel tower. This point of view is very interesting to me because during this time I don’t think the average person can afford to fly to Paris for a weekend. Which caught my attention because here on this oil canvas Robert Delaunay did a lot of people a favor to help them image the Eiffel tower looking form an aircraft point of view. Modernizing this oil canvas with its strong and outgoing colors almost as if he’s telling us to live life on the edge and not to restrict yourself no matter what society thinks how you should dress or act. With is uniquely abstract vibe this artistic movement such as De Stijil and Orphism. De Stijil was the focus on the body of work, which is the Eiffel tower, and orphism was the combination of vibrant color’s telling us that the artist appreciates architecture and life and the colorful work we live in today.
Desk and Bookcase with side chair and blotter, CA.1927
Designed by Paul T. Frankl and Paul Rodier.
Its medium is- desk and bookcase: mahogany, cedrela, zebrawood, yellow poplar, and pine with aluminum leaf chair: ash with aluminum leaf blotter: silk over paperboard.
Its dimensions are:
Desk and Bookcase: 118.1 x 139.1 x 57.2 cm (46 1/2 x 54 3/4 x 22 1/2 in.)
Chair: 76.52 x 47.63 x 44.45 cm (30 1/8 x 18 3/4 x 17 1/2 in.) Blotter: 56.2 x 42.55 cm (22 1/8 x 16 3/4 in.)
This Desk was designed for Marjorie Meriwether. She was a leading American socialite and the owner of General Foods Inc. She was one of the wealthiest women in the United States with a fortune worth about $250 million. Palm Beach Island was were she wanted this desk/bookcase designed all in one. I actually love interior design and with Italian design in here Palm Beach estate this desk was a nice touch to her home office. With its wide space on the top easy to write in your journal, books, or even for todays world a monitor. In the middle of the desk you can see a wide cabinet space big enough to keep other writing material. But most convenient is both sides of this desk design to have a bookcase at your arms reach are a huge element in this design. Most desk can’t carry a library at your convince. To top it off with a bage marble finish enhancing the design.