Goldfinger Title Sequence at MOMA

The display consists of: a large screen showing the title sequence on a loop. a wall showing details of the making of the sequence with model  Margaret Nolan. brief information on Robert Brownjohn’s life and career in New York and London. a few other famous peices such as the Rolling Stones ‘Let it Bleed’ album cover László Moholy-Nagy student Brownjohn was also the subject of a London Design Museum exhibition in 2006, which was a chance to see to see some…

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Gas Station: Albert Frey 1965

2901 North Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262 Google Maps Link As you enter Palm Springs from the West (Los Angeles) the Tram Way Gas Station was designed to be an eye catching gateway to the City. The wing-like steel canopy is 95 feet in length and from the concrete support at the service end it soars up into the sky, supported by supported on 6 steel i-beams. Period photographs show strip lighting in the steel beams, but these…

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Jaguar XJ13 at Clerkenwell Design Week 2012

The 1966 Jaguar XJ13 is a one-off prototype and one of the most beautiful ‘what-ifs’ of the sixties. Once thought of as a potential Le Mans entrant, it was surpassed by the all-conquering Ford GT40 and never raced, despite its immense 502 bhp. It was however a prototype for Jaguar’s V12 engine which stayed in production for 25 years. The fantastic sixties body was the work of Malcolm Sayer who in the C, D and E Types created some of…

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Norms "Saw-tooth" neon sign

Norms: Armet & Davis 1957

470 La Cienega Boulevard, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA 9048 Google Maps Link The first Norms restaurant is one of the definitive ‘Googie’s’.  As an architectural style it was often dismissed at the time by critics and many modernists (though noticeably not by R.M Schindler or Richard Neutra) but in reality for the vast majority of citizens who could not afford a case study house in the hills it was their interaction with modern architecture in the 1950s and 1960s. The…

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Stahl House: Pierre Koenig 1959

1635 Woods Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90069 Google Maps Link The Stahl House was a dream commission for Pierre Koenig in the Hollywood Hills. It became part of Arts & Architecture magazine’s famed Case Study House Program and was photographed by Julius Shulman in what was to become one of the most famous images of LA and of modernist architecture in general. The L-shaped house is a steel framed and glass on 3 sides sitting in the hills above Sunset Boulevard. The…

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66 Frognal: Cornell, Ward & Lucas 1938

66 Frognal, Hampstead London NW3 6DX Google Maps Link International Style in Hampstead. This huge house was build by renowned firm Cornell, Ward & Lucas famed for building the first truly modern house High & Over in Amersham. This design shares elements of its front elevation with another Colin Lucas design, Bracken in Wentworth which was unfortunately demolished in 2003 without permission. Despite being within yards of Maxwell Fry’s Sun House (1935), the 1938 house was subject of a lengthy…

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Hoover Building: Thomas Wallis 1932

Western Avenue, Perivale London UB6 8DW Google Maps Link US based manufacturer Hoover had this fantastic industrial building designed as a statement building by premier British firm Wallis, Gilbert & Partners (Thomas Wallis apparently had no partners, just used this name to provide more grandeur to the company). At the time the area was full of beautiful Art Deco and Modernist gems. Many have fallen due to the war and economic changes. The loss of Wallis’s Firestone factory (now Sky…

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