Posts Tagged ‘sexism’

How not to ask for a martini

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

After my great aunt died I found this in her desk. Why would she have torn this page from a magazine in the first place, let alone kept it all these years? Likely she viewed it as evidence. No idea of its date, but I’m guessing it’s from the 1930s or 40s. Talk this way now and risk having a martini poured down your pants. At the very least you’re …read more

The ladies of 20th century furniture design were offered to pose on fur rugs or ponies, which is why, we suppose, that photo was never to be.

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Left to Right: George Nelson, Edward Wormley, Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, Charles Eames and Jens Risom Photo from a 1961 Playboy article on 20th C “masters of design,” who are here dressed either as accountants or architects, it’s hard to tell which, but it’s a lot of zippers. Where were Ray Eames, Charlotte Perriand, Eileen Gray, Nanna Ditzel or any number of others? Was there even a moment of guilt …read more

Eileen Gray’s E-1027 house

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

  In the late 1920s, the modernist designer and architect Eileen Gray designed and built a landmark piece of modernist architecture in the form of a seaside house. The Irish-born Gray is best known for her furniture design (her Bibendum chair is visible in the third photo above), but this is odd considering her architectural contributions. On a hill overlooking the Mediterranean at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France, Gray’s E-1027 house was built to share with …read more