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”

Charles Eames with his solar powered toy

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:

Castle on top of a vendor

Castle on top of a vendor

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I don’t think there are even enough words to describe swedish artist Stig Lindberg’s dapper style.  I’m obsessed with the image above!  The pipe and bowtie are out of this world.  Mr. Lindberg’s artwork is just as good.  I love his work for Gustavsberg as well.  Check out some of my favorites below.

Mr. Lindberg at work

Mr. Lindberg at work

Horse for Gustavsberg

Horse for Gustavsberg

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Another great horse for Gustavsberg

Another great horse for Gustavsberg

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Great vase

AMAZING television set designed by Mr. Lindberg

AMAZING television set designed by Mr. Lindberg

Illustration from Mr. Lindberg's children's book "Jimmy Potter Buys a Lollipop".  Mr. Potter looks extra dapper above in his Rod Keenan boater hat!

Illustration from Mr. Lindberg's children's book "Jimmy Potter Buys a Lollipop". Mr. Potter looks extra dapper above in his Rod Keenan boater hat!

The mark of the master.  Mr. Lindberg's signature on the back of one of his pieces.

The mark of the master. Mr. Lindberg's signature on the back of one of his pieces.