The "Levels Menorah" designed by artist Yaacov Agam - 1966

Designed by William Bowie - Mid 1960's

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I saw this amazing mid-century modern model of the Berkeley West Building by architect Charles M. Wickett on Ebay.

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When Disney’s Mary Blair was working to design “It’s a Small World” for the 1964/1965 World’s Fair in New York City, she was incredibly up to date with art and design of the era.  Below are photographs of the ride’s facade at Disneyland.

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Below are concept sketches for the facade by Mary Blair, along with a video where she talks about the design process with Walt Disney prior to moving the ride to Disneyland from the World’s Fair.

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Blair may have been influenced by the work of Charles & Ray Eames, Alexander Girard, and Stig Lindberg; all who were incredibly popular at the time and were working with stacked shapes. Other artists may have included glass artist Georges Briard and fine artist Louise Nevelson.

Artwork by Stig Lindberg which incorporated stacked shapes

Artwork by Stig Lindberg which incorporated stacked shapes

Alexander and Susan Girard at the Herman Miller showroom with stacked shape artwork

Alexander and Susan Girard at the Herman Miller showroom with stacked shape artwork

Mr. Eames at home with stacked shapes

Mr. Eames at home with stacked shapes

Glass tray by Georges Briard

Glass tray by Georges Briard

Louise Nevelson's "Sky Cathedral"

Louise Nevelson's "Sky Cathedral"

Another of Louise Nevelson's wooden sculptures

Another of Louise Nevelson's wooden sculptures

The original World’s Fair ride also incorporated a kinetic sculpture titled “The Tower of the 4 Winds” designed by Rolly Crump. Unfortunately the tower was torn down when the fair ended.

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Crump and Disney with a model of "The Tower of the 4 Winds"

Crump and Disney with a model of "The Tower of the 4 Winds"

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Rolly Crump's "Tower of the 4 Winds" outside of "It's a Small World" at the New York World's Fair

Crump also may have been influenced by the work of Charles & Ray Eames and their solar powered “Do Nothing Machine”

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Charles Eames with his solar powered toy

The solar powered toy designed by Charles and Ray Eames

The solar powered toy designed by Charles and Ray Eames

Here are some more Mary Blair-isms that I found at Disneland:

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I almost fell over when I saw this! I love everything from the angled edges to the spike on top!

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I found these on ebay.  I love the design.

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Sival - Denmark

Sival - Denmark

The fine folks over at Eames Collector.com have put together this amazing 1 minute video of the various knots of Mr. Charles Eames’ bow ties.  The film ends with a rare view of the original design sketch of the Charles Eames bow tie as designed by Mrs. Ray Eames.  All of Mr. Eames’ bow ties were hand made in New York City.  We make a similar shaped bow tie at David Hart & Co. with pointed ends.


This futuristic car lamp from the 1950’s is awesome.  I found it on Ebay.

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I found this incredible Revere 8MM film projector on Ebay.  I love the fonts and styling on this.

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