George Nelson, Edward Wormley, Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, Charles Eames and Jens Risom. Playboy Magazine, July 1961.
For fans of Mid-Century modern design, this classic image above from Playboy, July 1961 is like the Holy Grail. Design masters & fellow peers in their prime, beautifully captured in a time that was aesthetically crisp, uncluttered and innovative.
“Give me the luxuries of life and I will willingly do without the necessities.” –Frank Lloyd Wright
It’s fascinating, sad, and ironic that some of the most creatively talented and successful people in history can be a complete train wreck when it comes to their personal lives. Frank Lloyd Wright is a perfect example unfortunately.
I have always been drawn to small spaces. As a kid I dreamt of being a lighthouse keeper– alone in my solitude with only a pipe, books, guitar, and the pounding waves. When that didn’t happen, I longed for an old aluminum-clad Airstream– retro-fitted to match the aesthetic of my mind’s eye.
With small spaces, an intimate life is thrust upon you. You learn to pare down to the essentials, and become a master editor– selecting the best, leaving the rest. Existence is more about enjoying what you have, rather than craving more. Because at the end of the day– the things we possess end-up owning us.