Monday, October 13, 2008

Candlestick Phone in Saarinen Style Conference Room



I have decided to place the British candle stick phone in a conference room lobby that could have been a part of the Saarinen house belonging to Eliel Saarinen and his family that he designed 1928-1930. This home contained both living and work space. The space that I rendered that could have potentially been a part of the home is a transitional space where work areas meet living areas. I choose to place the phone in this specific area because telephones were found in common areas, and not in personal rooms during the time of its development. The conference room lobby is a space that the family could make calls, and visitors could use the telephone. If Eliel was waiting on a call during a conference with the academic team, calls could also be taken with ease. The phone sits on a table which is a common place for a candle stick phone or any phone. The room is designed in the Art Deco style which is apparent of Saarinen’s work.

The Peacock Sconce was made around 1899 by Alexander Fisher. A sconce is used as a holder of a light source on a wall. He designed the sconce for the sole purpose to be exhibited and not used within a home. However, if the sconce were to be used within a living space, the space would be designed in the style of the arts and crafts movement. There is also a strong influence of art nouveau, because of the peacock motif relating back to nature.

In comparison, the two spaces are very different in style and use of materials. The art nouveau style represented uses metal in organic forms, where as the Art Deco styled room is made up of more natural materials (e.g. wood framed windows and furnishings).

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