O. Ray Courtney’s 1936 K.J Henderson Motorbike

O. Ray Courtney's 1936 Custom Built K.J Henderson Motorbike

In 1936, at the height of the Art Deco movement, O. Ray Courtney built this custom motorcycle, based off of the 1930 K.J Henderson model. Little is known about Courtney, who built a variety of custom motorcycles throughout his life. In a Popular Science article from 1953, Courtney was briefly mentioned alongside photos of other … Continue reading

Julius Shulman Photography

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Julius Shulman was an American architectural photographer who published many of his notable works during the 1960’s. Shulman’s photography is responsible for the worldwide spread of California mid-century modern design. “The clarity of his work demanded that architectural photography had to be considered as an independent art form. Each Shulman image unites perception and understanding … Continue reading

Eltham Palace Modernist Interiors (1937)

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1930s Art Deco decadence epitomized itself at Eltham Palace, an often undervalued London tourist attraction. Built by the wealthy Courtauld family next to the remains of the original Eltham Palace, childhood home of Henry VIII, it’s the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in England. It has been referred to as a “masterpiece of modern … Continue reading

The Anonima Group (1960-1971)

The Anonima Group

AN ANONIMA IDEA (WITHIN THE WORLD) “Anonima means anonymity for its members in regard to the world. Anonymity is not necessarily a virtue in itself, an ideal state to be achieved. It is the basis of any group which values the results of collaboration more than the individual distinction of the collaborators. Anonima has as … Continue reading

Derek Faust: Transmission Lineage

“Looking at the way we store information can be a portal into looking at how we perceive ourselves. From the processes we use to infuse materials with data, to the way we archive information, we distinctly value some information more than others. My work grapples with these information systems through an investigation of their physical … Continue reading

André Bruyère Architecture

Alvin Lustig – Modern American Designer Pioneer

“Alvin Lustig’s contributions to the design of books and book jackets, magazines, interiors, and textiles as well as his teachings would have made him a credible candidate for the AIGA Lifetime Achievement award when he was alive. By the time he died at the age of forty in 1955, he had already introduced principles of … Continue reading