THE ARCHITECTURAL FORUM October 1937
Architectural Forum [Editors]: DOMESTIC INTERIORS: THE ARCHITECTURAL FORUM. Philadelphia: Time, Inc. Volume 67, No. 4, October 1937. A very good or better original magazine with wire spiral binding: white cover lightly soiled and worn with one corner crease. Rear panel worn and somewhat skinned. Text block is very clean and unaltered. The spiral binding is in unusually good condition and does not bind any pages when opened. A nice copy thus.
Here is Volume 67, No. 4, October 1937-- the Domestic Interiors special issue devoted to the latest and greatest modern American interior and industrial design, circa 1937. This special 220-page special section of the Architectural Forum is devoted to a review of the 1930s as the era of the "Machine Age" showing a "substantial accomplishment in relating machine inspired design to a machine inspired way of life."
283 black and white images were carefully assembled to tell the visual story of Domestic Interiors in 1937. The effect is stunning to say the least. Many designers were commissioned to produce projects specifically for the Domestic Interiors issue, including Gilbert Rohde, Russel Wright, Eero Saarinen, Ernest Born and Richard J. Neutra.
FROM THE INTRODUCTION: "The House is a Machine for Living In: While we have not generally accepted the Le Corbusier House, our kitchens and bathroom at least, reflect his idea. Moreover, designers are learning that the small interior is not a large one compressed, and that the open plan cannot be decorated like the closed, formal room. Design, in other words is returning to basic principles."
Designers, architects, and manufacturers include: Joseph Aronson, William Lescaze, Russell Wright, Arne Jacobsen, Richard J. Neutra, Harwell Hamilton Harris, Erich Mendelsohn & Serge Chermayeff, Eero Saarinen, Gio Ponti, G. Mazzoleni, G. Minoletti, & G. Palanti, William Wilson Wurster, George Nelson, Gilbert Rohde, Donald Deskey, Robert Heller, Rudolf Fraenkel, Antonio U. Vilar, Charles Lee Nutt, Frank J. Forster, Gardner Dailey, Maurice Dufrene, Edward D. Stone, Henry Dreyfuss, Raphael S. Soriano, Gilmer V. Black, Frank J. Forster, Beatty & Strang, Sewall Smith, Ernest Born, René Herbst, Salvatore Bevelacqua, Marcel Breuer, Isokon Furniture Co., Alvar Aalto, Artek, Emil J. Szendy, Eugene Schoen & Sons, Contempora, Fordyce & Hamby, John B. Manzer & Michael M. Hare, Alfred Levitt, Roy Blass, Henry Temple Howard, Hazel dell Brown, Edwin R. Closs, Harry E. Houghton, Albert E. Olsen, Samuel Oman, Benjamin Marshall, James F. Eppenstein, Robert Heller, Harold Spitznagel, C. Norris, Beverly and Valentine, Edward Stone, George Howe, Paul J. Alvarez, Gardner Dailey, Benjamin Marshall, Maurice Barret, Leonie Pilewski, Ernest Plischke, C. Coggeshall, The Manor House, B. Altman & Co., Michael Goodman, Arundell Clark, Mays, Simpson, & Hunsicker, Percival Goodman, Raphael S. Soriano, Allen McDowell, Nimmon, Carr, & Wright, Cameron Clark, John Luccareni, Robert Law Reed, Alexander D. Knox, Frederick L. R. Confer, H. E. Woodsend, Robert L. Davidson & John Callender, Mrs. Alfred Freeman, Virginia Williams, Schulz & Behrle, Verna Cook Salomonsky, Ralph E. Stoetzel, Ethel A. Reeve, Godwin, Thompson, & Patterson, W. & J. Sloane, H. E. Woodsend, Theodore Griley, McMillen, Inc., William F. Dominick, Richard H. Dana, Maurice Barret, Cora Scovil, R. W. Bauhan, James Blauvelt, Frederick G. Frost, Arden Studios, Thornton Fuller, Helen Park, Widdicomb Furniture Co., William Muschenheim, Nancy McClelland, Warren McArthur Corp., Heywood-Wakefield Co., Hekman Furniture Co., Thonet Bros., Woodward Furniture Co., The Howell Co., Frederick Parker & Sons, The McKay Co., Dunbar Furniture, Walter Baerman, Herman Miller Furniture, Celanese Corp., Collins & Aikman Corp., Marshall Field & Co., Desley Fabrics, Ronald Grose, Cheney Bros., Howard & Schaffer, Inc., Kent-Bragaline, Inc., Douglas Davidson, Witcombe McGeachin & Co., and F. Schumacher & Co. There are also an excellent assortment of vintage trade advertisements that espouse the depression moderne streamline aesthetic quite nicely. You have been warned.
This is truly one of the finest original documents of 1930s American Design in the Industrial and Architectural Arts. My highest recommendation.
Spreads from this volume can be viewed here.
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