Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Welcome to my Future.

Completely surrendering yourself to the influence with a couple of close friends, Esquivel, a 1950's flowy robe, a pair of oversized glasses with red stripes, a painting of a bodega, a magenta wig, a mother of pearl compact, and a pair of bright red eames chairs, I, TippyPorter, visited the "Orient" and spent some time JetSetting with Old Hollywood herself.

A bit from our travels:
The Space Age and Atomic Age, birthed Googie, also known as populuxe or doo-wop (a subdivision of futuristic architecture), originating in Southern California in the late 1940's and continuing into the mid-1960's. With the rise of the space race, nuclear weapons, the moon landing and sputnik, America's fascination with the unknown future was saturating.
The work of architects like John Lautner transformed the look of cities and highways with upswept winglike roofs, domes, satellite shapes and starbursts that became the dominant visual language of motels, diners, bowling alleys, and gas stations.

But the future can't be stopped. It's influence was everywhere, from comic books, television movies, furniture, and fashion design, our visions of life inside a space ship became a gravitational reality.
Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" made in 1968, with it's influence from not only the American space program, but architect Eero Saarinen, whose 1948 Womb chair looks like something made for the set.
(There was also a huge "victorian-esque" design resurgence in this period which I will discuss more in a later post)

Pioneering innovative technologies (fiberglass, resin, wire mesh), Verner Panton, Eero Saarinen, Charles and Ray Eames shaped the way our homes were decorated.

The fashion of the period was also all encompassing. Space, the final frontier.
Pierre Cardin, Bridget Riley, and John Bates leading the pack with catsuits, abstract prints, and cutout mini dresses. Made fashions that were not only geometrically sound, but many times unisex.

(along with all aspects of design today, this period is making a heavy come-back as seen in 2006 with Hussein Chalayan's transformer dress.
this simple fact negates the idea that futurism is dead. Perhaps it did die in the 1970's, but I believe it is about to make a lively comeback. "....activity in the field [of futurisn] has slowed to the point of stopping. "Actually, [futurism] died somwhere in the 1970's," said Mr. Marien, who has been monitoring futures literature for the past dozen years, said the flood of books on trends and forecasts is down to a trickle."---1982 New York Times )

A healthy obsession with british pop culture (which has always existed), a hip bachelor pad, some cool fiberglass furniture, and a tiki bar later.....
Together, Old Hollywood and I, discovered that no mini is complete without a pair of matching boots, no table satisfactory without chrome finishings, no diner complete without neon sunbursts, and that the perfect song to sip a martini to is Begin the Beguine, which subsequently my speakers have spoke of nothing else for months.

Welcome to my future.