FRANK O. GEHRY

Today I feel like getting to know a whole story about another architectural icon – Frank Owen Gehry.  Frank was born in Canada in 1929 but he moved to L.A. as a teenager. And I guess it is not necessary to copy and to paste what is already written about him in Wikipedia, but I just want to point out a few interesting lines.

Frank O. Gehry is not his original name, his name is Frank Goldberg but his first wife suggested him to change his name into Gehry. What I really like about him is the fact, that he was not that typical well financially supported student who jumped from top-ranked university into the profession by an internship managed by some of his relatives. He actually worked manually. He went through many different jobs before he turned his life into architecture and that´s maybe why his work is so outstanding. Most of his work falls within the style of Deconstructivism (also knows as DeCon Architecture which does not reflect a belief that form follows function and mostly looks like on the edge between standing still and falling). I am glad I was born in Prague, the Czech Republic, where one of his beautiful buildings is located – Dancing House. That is just so inspiring only to walk around and to watch the building that is not just standing but really looks like it dances around the river on the other bank than where the Prague Castle is. Definitely worth the trip to see this! And please, feed the ducks when you get there!

[Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, photo taken by Carol Highsmith]

I was quite impressed by the article on matthewstraubdesign.com: “Over the years, Gehry has lent his imaginative designs to a number of products outside the field of architecture, including the Wyborovka Vodka bottle, a wristwatch for Fossil, jewelry for Tiffany & Co. and the World Cup of Hockey trophy. In 2006, the architect and his work were the subjects of a feature-length documentary film, Sketches of Frank Gehry, by director Sydney Pollack. As of this writing, Gehry is deeply immersed in a number of projects, including the new Barclays Center sports arena in Brooklyn, New York, a concert hall for the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, and a new branch of the Guggenheim Museum in Abu Dhabi. Most ambitious of all is the massive Grand Street project, a plan to entirely remake the thoroughfare leading from Los Angeles City Hall to Disney Hall. When it is completed, a wide swath of downtown Los Angeles will bear the indelible stamp of its adopted son, Frank Gehry, and his restless imagination.”

To read the whole article about Frank O. Gehry on matthewstraubdesign.com click here.

[Guggenheim museum in Bilbao]


[Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum in Seattle Center]


[Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis]

[Dancing House in Prague]

There is a lovely coffee place a the rooftop. Don’t miss it’s wonderful views!

JOHN LAUTNER

John Lautner (1914 – 1994) is a famous guy in architecture who was born in Michigan and his work can be found mostly in L.A. He had a great opportunity to attend Frank Lloyd Wright´s Taliesin Fellowship – for 6 years in the 1930s as architectural training.

His masterpieces are:

The Chemosphere house (Los Angeles)
Googie Coffee Shop (his contribution to the Googie architecture*)
Bob Hope Residence (Palm Springs)
Arango Residence (Acapulco, Mexico)

*Googie architecture („populuxe“) is a form of modern architecture dating back into 1940s – 1960s which was influenced by car culture and the Space and Atomic Ages. Its origin is in California where first motels, coffee houses and bowling alleys were built in this style. The feature of Googie include upswept roofs, curvaceous, geometric shapes, and bold use of glass, steel and neon.

BED SIZES – Questionnaire – Project 1.1

Lately I was working on a questionnaire for the first meeting with a client to get to know him and to find out what he expects from you as an interior designer. As I was writing it piece by piece I found out that it´s already NOW at the beginning of the course time to do some research about products, furniture, materials, fabrics and so on, in order to be able to ask questions that will give you exact answer for your further work. For example when you are asking about bedroom, it´s not good to ask: What bed do you wish to have in your new bedroom? But instead, give him a complete list of possibilities so he can easily tick what he wants and you don´t need to ask for further details and thus save your time as well as his. So yes, that means much more work for you before you even meet the client to prepare all these „clever“ questions. There are many possibilities and as I´m not from any design or interior design family, we don´t talk about new products in the field when we have a dinner at home. Pity pity, I know!

So I was reading a bit more and I found nice description of the beds here. Only thing that I missed was some picture so I could imagine and compare the shapes and sizes of these beds, so I took a few pens and a paper and drew my own picture that helps me to see these differences. I´m sorry it´s not any fancy drawing as I don´t have much time left today but I hope it helps you to imagine the beds better now!

For better envision of the beds, here are overall dimensions:

Single/Twin – 39“ x 75“ or 100cm x 190cm (width per person = 39“ or 100cm)
Full/ Double – 54“ x 75“ or 140cm x 190cm (width per person = 27“ or 70cm)
Queen – 60“ x 80“ or 150cm x 200cm (width per person = 30“ or 75cm)
Standard/Eastern King – 76“ x 80“ or 195cm x 200cm ( width per person = 38“ or 97cm)
California/Western King – 72“ x 84“ or 180cm x 210cm (width per person = 36“ or 90cm)

If you are also currently working on the questionnaire let me know how you are doing in comments here.