Sunday, November 30, 2008

a memorial for the great depression:

Patriot Radio 1939:
During the roaring twenties, the New York Stock Exchange was the largest stock market in the world. However, in October 1929, NYSE had undergone the Great Wall Street Crash, which was the most devastating stock market crash in the history of the United States, resulting in a depression.
Trying to keep our nation’s outlook o
n the United States optimistic during the rough years of the Great Depression, Norman Bel Geddes designed the Patriot Radio in 1939. His intent for the radio was to be an emblem of American technology, industry, and identity. Geddes encased the patriot radio with a stars-and-stripes motif, in hopes to bolster people’s spirits.
So with that, where else would the patriot radio fit so perfectly other than on Wall Street in New York City, righ
t inside the Stock Exchange building. After all, this would be right in the center of where everything happened in the 20’s, and rightfully, would have the most meaning at this location.

Similar place: The Patriot Radio could easily be placed at our nations capitol, Washington D.C. in any of the memorial buildings. The radio’s patriotic motif would fit perfectly at any of these locations. With the purpose of the radio being optimism for our country and it’s future. It can almost be seen as a memorial itself in a sense, used to remember the hard time during the Great Depression.

Contrasting place: The Patriot Radio really should not be placed in any non-industrialized country. The stock market crash of 1929 mainly affected the industrialized states, hence the little importance it would have anywhere else.


Power and Prestige II (Jayson Parker)

After having been designed for and owned by one of the richest men in the world, the Herter Brothers Library table has now found its way into a powerful lawyer’s office, who will soon have the chance to run for the senate. This office is located in the Empire State Building in Manhattan, NY where it symbolizes power and prestige. It is appropriate for the table to be located within one of the most powerful and prestigious cities in the world, which is New York City. Power and prestige are not the only attributes that the table and N.Y.C have in common. New York City started off as trading port and after World War II moved on to become one of the leading cities in the world through Wall Street, the united nations headquarters and by becoming the center of the art world. Similarly, the Herter Brothers started of as furniture makers and soon became one of the most influential and prominent designers in New York City. As a result of their flourishing company, the interior design and furniture industry flourished resulting in well made furniture and design all throughout the country. Simultaneously, the financiers and industrialists were taking advantage of these services and redefining the standards of luxury in the home.
Meanwhile in High Point, North Carolina the furniture market is being born and is also making itself known. Part of this movement is a direct result of the increased interest in interior design and furniture, which the Herter Brothers helped develop. This caused thousands of jobs to be brought into existence because of the influx of interest in furniture and design. This interest provoked designers to try and bring design to the masses, just as we have seen all throughout history.
As one zooms out and observes all that is taking place, it can be clearly seen that the Herter Brothers and their Library table, no matter how small, played a large role in the development of the interior design industry. They designed interiors for some of the most powerful and wealthiest people; people that are looked up to and admired. Thus the Library table still sits today in a prominent lawyers office in the Empire State Building in Manhattan, NY. It was here that the Library table was made and it is here that it has returned, to its rightful place of power and prestige harkening back to its history while maintaining its glory in the present.

Manxman Piano by MH Baillie Scott (Place)

The place for MH Baillie Scotts Manxman piano resides at the Graylyn Estate in Winston-Salem, N.C. Traditionally, Winston-Salem is associated with the textile, furniture, and tobacco industries, but is attempting to attract new businesses in the nanotech, high-tech and bio-tech fields. Also, it is the location of the corporate headquarters such as, R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc., BB & T, TW Garner Food Company, HanesBrands, Lowes Foods Stores, Southern Community Bank and ISP Sports. Winston-Salem first came about by the simple act from the United States Post Office to combine the two towns mail offices. Simple changes such as this shows that things will alter and adjust based on citizens needs and wants. Americans tend to know what they want, or think they know, so designers must base their designs off the demands of the costumers with considerations of the environment. The piano was a new concept of the 1890’s due to the fact that the piano was generally complex with many carved embellishments and MH Baillie Scott had downsized it into a more eco-friendly, space-saver, which is very contrary, to Graylyn Estate, an oversized home from the 1930’s. However, people alter and change, the purpose, use and size of things to better accommodate others needs and wants. Changes over time include, electronic sizes and capabilities, usage of new materials in buildings and textile goods and just about every aspect of design. The Manxman piano is another example of revolving designs through time. Now it is our job to take what has been done and alter designs to help us grow in a sustainable fashion. (

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View of Winston-Salem

Compare: Power and Prestige II (Jayson Parker) is similar to Winston-Salem through the large developed companies and the development of art in Winston-Salem as to New York City, these two cities may not be at the same scale but are on the same page.

Contrast: Place for a Tiki Lamp is much different than Winston-Salem being that the southwest states such as California and Nevada culture, lifestyles and view differ greatly from the southeast.


The Golden Bed in a Community

Notting Hill Townshouses

Victorian Styled shopping centers in Kensington

The Golden Bed is located in Kensington, London. Kensington is a district of West London. In particular, the Tower House, in which the Golden Bed is situated, is located in Melbury Road, known as West Kensington. West Kensington's residential area primarily consists of Victorian styled terraces. Most of the residences include large bay windows as well as thin, and tall windows. This reflects the design of the exterior of the Tower House, while the interior is of a new kind of medieval style. Kensington is a busy commercial center with many shops, declaring it Londons second best shotting street.
It would be nice for this piece of furniture to stay within the city of London, but move to a separate district. One that is completely different is Notting Hill. Notting Hill Borders North Kensington and has a entirely separate style than other districts. It is located at the North- western corner of Hyde Park. It is a cosmopolitan district known for its fashion. This area is a more up-to-date version of West Kensington, the residences are terraces of large Victorian townhouses. While the main street is compiled of high-class shopping and restaurants. In the 19th century, the district set out to become a fashionable suburb of the capital. In the urban design of this upcoming district, houses were positioned adjacent to parks, making is so that the residences had access to a communal park, and the street could no longer see the park. This location is a great place for the Golden Bed to call its new home because it keeps to the original Victorian style house, but also develops on the idea that William Burges had for his bed; and that is taking an old style such as medieval or Victorian and developing it in a way so that it becomes your own style.

Gensler Architectural Firm : Tizio Lamp

Architecture designed by Gensler Architectural Firm. This is the Civic Plaza in an airport located in Indianapolis.
These are the Tameer Towers located in Abu Dhabi, and Arabian City.

Gensler Architectural Firm located all around the United States is number one out of the top one-hundred and fifty architectural firms, states Architectural Record. As architects, designers, planners and consultants, they partner with clients on about 3,600 projects every year. These projects can be as small as a wine label or as large as a new urban district. With more than 2,800 professionals networked across 31 offices, we serve our clients as trusted advisors, combining localized expertise with global perspective wherever new opportunities arise. Sustainability is something Gensler strives to achieve in their architectural designs. They believe that design is one of the most powerful strategic tools for securing a lasting competitive advantage. Gensler keeps more than 1,500 active clients varying from public and private, large and small, and profit or non-profit. As they have grown and expanded over the years they have worked out enough resources to provide 24-7 expertise delivering clients no matter what the project regards in size, complexity, or location. With as many clients Gensler has each architect in the firm is provided with a Tizio Lamp designed by Richard Sapper. It is designed with two counterweights that allow the user to direct light wherever it is needed most. You just push or pull with the touch of your hand to guide the light where it is needed. Great for those late nights in the office, especially the night shit that make 24-7 hour service able.

Although the Candelabrum is designed to light a room as well as the Tizio lamp, the Candelabrum is a much more intricate gorgeous artifact. It was designed for beauty and light. In contrast to the Tizio where it is designed for practicality instead. The lava lamp is similar to the Tizio lamp being two lamps that have new uses and ideas for lighting. Lava lamps have colored liquid and melted wax that warms up and moves around because of the heat created by the lamp. Tizio lamp was one of the first lamps to have a counterweight system and a halogen light bulb.

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Place for Macintosh 512K

The Macintosh 512K is one of the older computers invented by Apple. Because of these old discoveries and inventions, we have such remarkable technology today, by making immense improvements from the past. Valuable history such as the evolution of computers should be kept so that people can see and appreciate the progression we’ve come along.
Currently, the Macintosh 512K is placed at the Computer History Museum, located in Mountain View, California. The mission of this museum is to “preserve and present for posterity the artifacts and stories of the information age.” They also mention that the museum “plays a unique role in the history of the computing revolution and its worldwide impact on the human experience.” The reason this place serves its purpose is so individuals can understand how the technology has come about today. The Computer History Museum is one of the largest museums in the world preserving computing artifacts.

Similar place: The University of Virginia’s Computer Museum serves the same purpose as the Computer History Museum in California. Although the Museum at UVA is much smaller compared to the Computer History Museum, it allows viewers to see computer-related artifacts that are both historical and modern.

Contrasting place: Placing it in a residential home during the 1980’s would serve its purpose of a computer. However, having the Macintosh 512K in a home does not serve the same purpose as having it in a museum where it gives out valuable information to viewers, teaching them about our history and advancements.
Computer History Museum (Mountain View, California)

A Place for the Chinese Umrella Holder: The Summer Palace

The "Garden of Nurtured Harmony" or Summer Palace, located about ten miles from Beijing dates back to the Jin Dynasty (1115-1234). In 1750 Emperor Qianlong requested designers and landscapers to reproduce the many styles of gardens and palaces found around China to the Summer Palace, and in 1903 a final restoration took place making it China's largest royal park, and a place for royal families to rest and be entertained. Consequently, where royal families were found, so was the umbrella holder, which provided a fancy way for the wealthy a place to store their wet umbrellas.
The 725 acre Palace, situated around Kunming Lake, features pavilions, temples, bridges, ancient Chinese art, over 3,000 structures and many winding paths through the dense landscape and gardens. "Guided by nature" visitors can feel the tranquility and detail given to the gardens layout. Along with magnificent gardens, the Summer Palace presents many halls, such as the Hall of Dispelling Clouds, where birthdays and special occasions were celebrated. It is here that the northern and southern garden styles of China, individually are blended together ideally to create harmony of man and nature.

Today the Summer Palace provides a relaxing getaway for domestic and international tourists, and is ranked one of the most noted and classical gardens of the world.

Compare: In comparison the umbrella holder would have also been found in Prince Gong's Palace, which also housed the royal Prince and the wealthy.

Contrast: Although many other gardens housed halls, palaces and temples the traditional Chinese gardens were not necessarily designed for royalty and the rich. Therefore, the umbrella holder would probably not be found in such common gardens.

Gatewood and the Table Saw

The table saw which has been established as being in a wood shop, such as the one within our own Gatewood Studio Arts building. The Gatewood Studio Arts named after Maud Gatewood, an artist and alumna of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Openned for students to use in 2006 the building houses the art department and Interior Architecture department complete with art gallery, administrative offices, and workspaces. Down in the depths of the building is the wood shop. In the basement due to what it produces prototypes and near final product items. Objects made in the wood shop tend to not be very light and therefore a ground level entry way is much appreciated by the backs of students. It also places it into the background. The idea of a wood shop is a supporter for the design and building process and therefore doesn't command the building in the same way that the studio space does. Within the wood shop the table saw is one of the most commonly used tools within the space. Hence why it has been placed centrally within the wood shop. While space is limited in the building in general and especially so, the wood shop maintains the hierarchy of tools established by other wood shops. But within the The table saw once again takes center stage surrounded by its supporting members. The wood shop is used constantly and the table saw doubly so, as wood must be cut down into smaller pieces before it can be fed into some of the other devices. The sounds of saw blade spinning echoes through the concrete corridors of the Gatewood building, signifying the advancing prototype of a student’s project, or perhaps an entire studios class work culminating into a grand spectacle to shape the ages.


Place for a Tiki lamp

Palm Springs, as well as the Yucca Valley area had a very large infusion of this form of culture in the mid to late twentieth century.

The Mai Tai, a perfect example of the remnants of the Tiki Movement in America.

Considering the cultural implications this artifact, the tiki lamp, embodies, there are few locations where this cultural movement would have been evident, and would have been evident through the use of such artifacts. One major location was the American south west. After the second world war, many servicemen returned home carrying tales and souvenirs of grass skirt clad natives and their peculiar culture, music, and food. Due to their familiarity with this indigenous lifestyle, Polynesian design became infused into the local design styling of architecture, furniture, food, as well as music. This gave rise to the tiki movement or what has come to be called “Polynesian Pop” which lasted from the late 1940’s all the way into the 1970’s, particularly on the west coast.
The restaurant industry kept this pacific theme alive for many years, also the baby boomers of the 1950’s, having grown up as children of the original proponents of tiki design, the service members themselves, continued this culture on in the United States. The Southwest, particularly the states of California, Nevada, and Texas have seen the great majority of this movement. When all the sailors, Marines, and soldiers returned from service in the south Pacific, they returned to ports and harbors in Hawaii, and then to California. While many returned to their native hometowns, a large portion stayed in the region and set up businesses, and homes being styled or themed in this exotic fashion.
Remnants of this design and cultural movement are still evident to this day in areas such as the coastal regions of California, as well as farther inland to Yucca Valley.

A place replaced

The Wooden bed marks the transitional point of design in furniture. Design evolved from being highly decorative with multiple designs and decoration. This simple wooden bed made of plywood was placed by me in a boy’s room of a single family house. I believe that this bed belongs in that space because it is really simple and does not look like a girl bed. This artifact is now going to be moved again to a different area where this bed could also be used. The bed is now being placed in a garage apartment. To me, this bed is extremely simple and gives a sense that it belongs in an area outside or a garage. The reason for this is because this bed is very simple and had a style of its own. I do not feel like this bed would fit in a high tech area, or even in an art deco room. The high tech style is about using new materials to build upwards, but in the usage of new materials the designers makes the design appealing. The plywood bed is not appealing and does not look like a regular bed. The way that is it presented in the image it appears that the bed could possibly be dangerous because it seems as if it could give you slivers. The bed does not coordinate of with the art deco style because, once again, it is not decorated with different designs and it is very plain and simple, and the only type of decoration that is has is the circle opening near the top of the bed. The plywood bed could be compared to the Eames Plywood chair, because like the chair the bed is very simple and made of the same materials.

The City that never Sleeps

Map of New York, New York City is located in redThe 9/11 attacks on the twin towersThe famous New York City skyline

New York City was first inhabited by about 5,000 Lenape Native Americans prior to the arrival of Giovanni da Verrazzano in 1524. The Dutch followed the Lanape’s in 1625 with founding it as “New Amsterdam.” Shortly after, was the period of English rule with it’s renaming as “New York” in 1664. New York City then emerged as the theater for a series of major battles known as the New York Campaign during the American Revolutionary War, and also served as the capital of the United States until 1790.

The 19th century housed a different meaning for New York City, it transformed into main port of entry for many immigrants. Still today its cultural and economic influences have made it one of the most important urban areas in the United States. By 1898 New York City was formed with the consolidation of Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, and The Bronx.

Throughout the first half of the 20th century the city became a world center for industry, commerce, and communication. In 1925 NYC overtook London as the most populous city in the world. With this increasing size in population crime rates and poverty levels also grew. Despite the effects of the Great Depression in the 1930’s NYC saw the building of some of the world’s tallest skyscrapers.
Along with many other major cities in the U.S., NYC suffered race riots, gang wars and industrial decline in the 1960’s. The rebirth of Wall Street in the 1980’s led the city to reclaim its role as the center of the world-wide financial industry. NYC flourished again in the 90’s as immigrants arrived from Asia and Latin American and also within the U.S.

Though like many good things tragedy hits as it did on September 11, 2001 when nearly 3,000 people were killed by a terrorist strike on the World Trade Center. In hard times the city pulled together and has since rebounded with not only the physical clean up of the site, but is planning to build the Freedom Tower that is intended to be exactly 1,776 feet tall, symbolic of the year the Declaration of Independence was written, on the site.

Both alike and different to New York City is Washington D.C. Like New York City with its many tourist attractions it differs as a place that holds many monuments and governments buildings. The architecture of the cities also differ greatly, Washington is known for its Roman inspired buildings with marble veneers’, where as New York is know for its gorgeous skyline with its piercing skyscrapers.


A Community Spawned by Education

The City of Boston located in the state of Massachusetts contains a lot of history in the birth of the United States of America. Established by puritans, Boston is home to many of history’s most notable moments including the Boston massacre and the Boston tea party. Later on the city expanded it borders out onto the Shawmut peninsula where the city became a major port for trade between new America and the rest of the known world. Of all the thirteen colonies Boston held the most control in deciding what was best for the colonies interests, financial interests and political interest. After the revolutionary war Boston became a huge international port in the world, and most families in Boston developed a growing view of the world culturally and economically. This in turn relate directly to the federal style, noted in the Nicole’s Museum and even more indefinitely in the hand crafted furniture developed within the household. Most families of Boston were interested in showing off their worldly assets and becoming renowned for their expeditions worldwide. This community eventually began to drive education out of a private level and into the public level by developing the nation’s first public school known as the Boston Latin School. In addition to this, Boston also established America’s first college known today as Harvard.

Between 1700’s and 1800’s Boston began to fill in marshes and swamplands to expand the cities center. The current state-house in Boston is located atop a small beacon hill that overlooks the waterfront. Eventually other school and institutions began to form in Boston during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Other schools such as MIT, Boston University, Boston College, and Northeastern University were built in the Boston area to attract other students. The High-tech movement was a result of Boston’s growth and funding through education. Companies such as Millipore, Genzyme, and Biogen Idec spawned from the ever-growing student population and money coming to students working in biotechnology.

Comparison: Washington, DC has a rich history very similar to Boston, however the layout and design of the city itself lends it to be lead on by a pure style, whereas Boston was created in the federal style. The Urban planning of the cities are also different, in that Boston’s water front played a large role in the economy and eventually lead Boston to become a strong international port unlike that of Washington DC which encompasses the national buildings essential to our nation’s history. Both cities maintain a lively history about them and maintain important implications about of countries history. Similarly both cities were constructed on waterfronts, and had to fill in many marshes to expand the cities borders.

New Location for the Candelabrum

The Candelabrum was originally found in the Nichols Family House located in Boston, Massachusetts. The new location for this fixture is The Breakers mansion located in Newport, Rhode Island. This house was a perfect new fit for the piece. It not only is also in the Northeast, but the new house’s style is very similar to the Boston household. Even though it has more of a French flair, then an English style it still contains extreme European influence. Unfortunately, the interior detailing of the home may be more intricate and voluminous then the previous site, but it contains a place that will allow the structure to become one with it’s environment. It will not only be the candelabrum that will speak words, but the area that surrounds it will also allow the viewers to contemplate styles and start fruitful discussions. The old environment was good in the sense that it was appreciated for its entire beauty, but there comes a point in time that an object needs to be among others that are similar in style and poise and this is the perfect location.

Compare: There are many similarities between the Breakers Mansion and New Orleans. They are both French inspired, very vibrant in color, and style. Through moldings and fencing, both places take a lot of pride in the detailing they possess. They also are both sites where there is a lot of emphasis on entertainment. There is entertainment with music; dancing and drinking are popular at both locations.

Contrast: Even though they are both similar locations, New Orleans and the Breakers Mansion are also very different as well. Though they both have emphasis on color, the Breakers contains colors pertaining to royalty such as gold, silver, red and deep purple. New Orleans colors are very bold and bright. New Orleans is also looked upon as a loud location, almost rambunctious in manner, whereas Newport is known as a quiet boating town.

Alexander Calder Mobile: Washington D.C

Washington D.C, also known as the District of Columbia is the capitol of the United States. It is home to the Lincoln memorial, the White house and many other buildings that serve as government operations and memorials. This place is also a home to the Alexander Calder mobile. The reason this place serves a good location for the mobile is based on size and location. 
Washington D.C has been a prominent tourist attraction for many decades now. Therefore, it is always highly populated. The smithsonian museums are open free to the public which creates more interest because cost to be entertained in D.C is less. during a work week, over one millions people inhabit the capitol, while only 500,000 citizens actually live full time in the area. The mobile is located in the national art gallery, which is one of most popular attractions for people to visit. it was most likely placed in this building for one of the purposes of being seen by many people daily. 
Another reason the Calder Mobile is located within Washington D.C is because it is a large piece. Scale seems to be an important factor in placing items and building architecture for the D.C area. the lincoln memorial is one example because even president Lincoln himself is at a much larger scale than the size he actually was. also, the washington memorial stands above the city with a large pond landscape spanning below it. this size was done on purpose to show the power and wealth that the United States consists of.  

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similar place-The Hollis Ashtray in Chicago also uses scale and power as a place for an artifact. the population of Chicago is much larger than Washington D.C, but still places and emphasis on tourist attractions as well as larger buildings that can "defeat the odds."

different place- The shoreline of North Carolina is a place that would not fit the Alexander Calder Mobile. The location is small and the "cozy" design style seems to be more classic and wouldn't match the contemporary style created in the Mobile.

On The Shorelines of NC and VA

Located along the Virginia and North Carolina boarders is Kerr Lake, it is a very popular tourist attraction. In its construction in 1952 between the counties of Vance, Warren, Granville (NC), and Mecklenburg (VA), it served as an electricity producer as well as a flood controller. The lake stretches over 850 miles of shoreline, and cover approximately 50,000 acres. The depth depending on the location on the lake can range anywhere from thirty feet to as deep as one hundred feet. It is believed to be named after John H. “Kerr,” who is believed to be the creator of Kerr Lake. The official name of Kerr Lake is “John H. Kerr Reservoir”. The Roanoke River flows into Kerr Lake. The lake is also upstream of Lake Gaston. Many who reside in North Carolina and Virginia see it as a place for many recreational purposes including fishing. The lake is said to carry a number of different fish including Bass, Catfish, Crappie and Bream. It also serves as an area for many camping grounds. These Camping grounds include Kimball point, County line and Hibernia. Many people also view it as a place where they are able to go motor boating and sailing. They can do so on three privately owned marinas. These marinas are Steele Creek, Satterwhite Point and Clarksville, Furthermore, along the shorelines are get-away cabins for tourists that come from all over for these many attractions. Placed in few of the cabins are waterbeds, people who choose to have these cabins to accommodate them may have the intensions to gain the feeling of being closer to water and that relaxing feeling while doing the many water sport activities, however on the other hand the other cabins may have regular bed that contains a mattress, one who choose have a regular bed to accommodate them may enjoy the water, but may want to relax from the motioning of the water after engaging in the all the water sports all day. Another similar location maybe the east coast lines of North Carolina , which is also a tourist attraction, but also serves as a vacation area. The coast lines consist of beach shores, which give beach house accommodations.

Place for Ray Hollis ashtray::Chicago

When customers walk into what looks like bar—they have to rethink. This particular bar is actually a tobacco bar that is located in Chicago. In the front window of the bar, there’s a sign that reads “Smokers Always Welcome”, which in today’s world is unusual because this city has very strict anti-smoking laws. When you walk in the front, you enter a wet bar and coffee bar, and then you move to the back which includes the tobacco bar. This tobacco bar has nine different varieties of tobacco blends in which the tobacconist can take those blends and create a pack of cigarettes especially for the customers. By having the Ray Hollis ashtray located in this tobacco bar, it could really make the business sky rocket for the simple design it has and how unusual the ashtray itself is. Since the ashtray does not look like your typical ashtray—it really catches the eye especially because of its aluminum material and modern appearance.

There are many similarities between the tobacco bar and hookah bar. One of the obvious reasons is that they are both places where you go to smoke. Another reason is because of how simple both artifacts are in form.

A contrasting place is the Biltmore Estate. Although the Biltmore has a smoking room within in, the styles are both different. The Biltmore has a more complicated form rather than a simple one.

Pair of Candlesticks-Washington D.C.

The pair of candlesticks which were originally found in the Nichols House Museum and were then placed by me in the Red Room of the White House, and then were next placed in the Red Room in the White House until now where I will place the White House in Washington D.C. Big leap. Our nation’s capital is home to many historic artifacts such as the pair of candlesticks, although many are currently in museums and other such places. Washington D.C. makes sense logistically to place the candlesticks not only because of the space and building choices earlier made, but because of the historical significance of the city itself. Even though this city has seen many changes, politically, stylistically, etc. it has remained true to being historically significant. Because the White House is such an important building to the entire country, it is important that the US capitol is where it is placed. Washington D.C. has its own flag, seal and is its own municipality, not belonging to any of the other states. Washington D.C. is a minority majority state. D.C. is similar to Boston, the location of the Nichols House Museum, in that it also has a large historic importance. Boston is one of the oldest cities in the US. Because of the historic ties in both cities, the candlesticks could easily be imagined in D.C. just as easily as in Boston. Washington D.C. is the host to many high profile museums and other such attractions. It has a wide population demographic that includes many ages and races.

Similar: Sandwich, Massachusetts is similar to both Boston and Washington D.C. in its historical richness. Sandwich, like D.C., has undergone many changes but has remained true to its original intent as a city.

Contrast: Ashville, North Carolina is very different from Washington D.C. in that is isolated and not in the public eye. Ashville is a remote and rather rural setting in contrast to the more urbanized city of Washington D.C.

Place for a bean bag chair: New orleans

While the racial demographics of New Orleans, LA are not well varied, the high rate of tourism in New Orleans is what makes this a special place to celebrate all the many people brought together. CNN released a poll in 2007 on the tourism of New Orleans; according to the poll, New Orleans is the best U.S. city for live music, cocktail hours, flea markets, antique shopping, nightlife, "wild weekends," "girlfriend getaways," and cheap food. New Orleans is considered one of the most famous places to celebrate Mardi Gras, the day of Carnival in the three day celebration before Lent. With that said, New Orleans is also a top gay friendly environment, meaning there is much eclecticism in this environment. Such a celebratory environment should hold places for partying and relaxation as well as multiple different lounge or club environments. Thus a hookah bar is an ideal business to be placed on one of the busy streets of New Orleans. The bean bag chairs inside the hookah bar speak a welcoming and comfortable language as well as inviting to all different people because of their simplicity in form. All the madness at celebrations on the streets of New Orleans can be calmed down by inviting relaxation to the environment.

The Biltmore Estate, Asheboro NC
(Mark Mundorf's Place for Victor 2 Humpback Gramophone)
Compare: The similarities of this location and New Orleans is that both locations were built around French heritage. New Orleans was a part of French territory until the Lousiana Purchase and the Biltmore estate is of French revolution architecture and style.
Contrast: The classicism of the Biltmore estate is very different than the eclecticism and community involvement that New Orleans is about. The Biltmore Estate is secluded and organized compared to New Orlean's diverse tourist environment.

The Town of Brighton

Today, in 1890 Brighton has seen alot of change. This town dates back around the 1000s and was previously called Brighthelmstone. In 1514, Brighthelmstone was burned down by the French in the war. After that this town was nothing but a quiet fishing village. Georgian Terraces was then brought to Brighton during the late 1700s and this is when the town started to emerge from a fishing village to a resort. But it doesnt stop there. Prince Regent, later known as King George IV, first visited Brighton in 1783. After spending most of his free time in the city he built the Royal Pavilion here. This palace was influenced by Indian architecture and has oriential design influence on the interior. Prince Regent used this space as a vacation home. This only encouraged population growth. Other buildings that were considered major attractions include the Grand Hotel, the West Pier, and the Palace Pier. In 1841 Brighton introduced its first railway. The population has almost doubled since then. The town of Brighton has now been converted to a health resort and a place of fashion. Shopping in the area is a common past time. Also decorating is common with the women. One object that is in high demand is the convex mirror that many people possess in their homes, not just in Brighton, but all over England. The Beaches in the area draw many people, especially from London since it is an hour away by train. Brighton has grown alot and will continue to grow.

Brighton can be compared to Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Like the city of Brighton and Hove, Winston-Salem used to be two separate cities, Winston and Salem. Winston-Salem has also come along way in terms of population and growth. It is home of many business headquarters and is rated one of the best cities to live in with in the United States.
You can find this link in Morgan's post.
In contrast to New York City during the stock market crash, Brighton was burned by the french and took hundreds of years for the city to gain population. New York is known for being the largest city in America and is very industrialized, where Brighton is a place typically for day trippers and vacations.
This link is made from Ashleigh's post.

ThE liNeN PrEsS: pLaCe ~ Ashley Blackburn

Pressing Past The Bedroom Wall

Worldly impact, an idea that one may come across when thinking of a worldwide embrace of a particular style, or a huge new advance in the ever so changing technology. However, although a linen press may not necessarily be one of the top ideas that come to mind, I believe it has greatly impacted our world. Of course there is the obvious need for storage, which is required by people everywhere. By fulfilling this need, the linen press is transforming the type of lifestyle that one may partake in, thus determining what type of place would allow for any such way of living. Judging by the furniture’s main function, providing extra storage (mainly for linens and more than likely, seasonal items), it’s easy to assume that this piece of furniture was not absolutely necessary, especially if those residents who were less fortunate could get along without it. It is my assumption that not every homeowner had a linen press present in the house. The linen press was one of arts and crafts style, which translates into hand craftsmanship and a costly price tag. This all just equates down to the simple fact that people living in poorer areas would, more than likely, had to make do with the basic storage pieces they did have, for example a trunk or dresser. The linen press is a great example of excess. Yes, even some furniture can be rather unnecessary. It points out the lagging drive to always want more. The linen press acts as separate storage for seasonal clothes/linens where a dresser or other cabinet would have done the job just as well.
Remaining in the realm of the upper class, this particular linen press was said to stay within the Whitehead family for the duration of its lifetime. The Whitehead family was responsible for the formation of the Byrdcliffe Arts and Crafts Colony. Being the head of the colony, the Whitehead’s linen press was kept in a place of high quality, creativity, and wealth. The actual place setting that the house resided, which contained the bedroom, that stored the linen press, who held the linens, was near Woodstock, NY.

Similar: The brass and copper coal scuttle, I believe has the same connotations about it as an object as that of the linen press. They both serve a function, however, they also both could be replaced by simpler and more basic items to perform those same functions. Although they are both effective, the linen press could be replaced by a dresser; and the coal scuttle could be exchanged with just a simple pal.

Contrasting: Opposite of mine, the Sheraton Tilt Top Dining Table, could not be replaced by any other piece of furniture. At most, the replacement would actually lose effectiveness in its functional capabilities.

Syrian Biscuit Tin: Reading, England

The Syrian Biscuit Tin was found in the bakery of Huntley and Palmers. The bakery was located in Reading, England. When Huntley and Palmers first opened up their bakery they had no idea what kind of an impact that they would have on the entire town. From the 1870 to the 1970s, Reading became known as the Biscuit Town, all because of Huntley and Palmers. When their biscuits had become even more well knwon, Huntley and Palmers transferred their business to a factory in Reading. It was then that even the prison there was known as the "biscuit factory" only because it was located so close to the factory. Huntley and Palmers famous biscuits even had an impact on the football team in Reading. The men on the team were known as "biscuit men". Huntley and Palmers had a key location in Reading that really helped their business and the selling of their tins, like the Syrian Biscuit Tin. The bakery was located on a busy road, and close to the Crown Coaching Inn. This was key because it enabled Huntley and Palmers to sell their biscuits to travelers that passes through the area and stayed at the inn. It became easy for Huntley and Palmers to begin exporting their biscuits once the railroad was more developed. Huntley and Palmers also had a large impact on the town through providing jobs. Once the factory was opened, they were able to employ 5000 people. The business also created jobs outside of the factory with transportation needs. This new demand in labor allowed for the entire town to grow from 19,000 to over 88,000 in 1911.

Similar: Reading, England would be more similar to that of Culver City in California. There is a similarity because MGM has its largest studio here and is a great location for buildings, backdrops, landscapes and storage for props because it is so close to Hollywood. The MGM studio is a key part of Culver City like Huntley and Palmers is for Reading.

Different: A place that contrasts Reading would be Asheville, NC where the Victor Humpback Gramophone would be found. The reason these two contrast is because the Gramophone does not directly relate to the city in the way the Syrian Biscuit Tin relates to Reading.

New York City: A Place of Corbusier's Petite Loveseat

Eclectic and modern buildings are all over New York City making it a perfect place for Corbusiers modern loveseat.

modern new york apartment which could easily house Corbusier's petite loveseat

As already iterated in earlier blogs, I think the place that Le Corbusier's Petite Loveseat would be most at home in is New York City. New York is a city of immigrants, travelers, and cultured people. This fits Corbusier's style in that he referred to his design aesthetic as the "International Style."

New York is full of eclectic styles and many art, design, and literature movements formed there. From business professionals to guerrilla theater artists there is no stereotype to the owner of one of Corbusier's loveseats. The sleek modern design unites a myriad of people and New York is the perfect place for this piece since it is such a diverse city.

One can walk down the street of New York and see numerous vendors selling knock-off items such as fake Gucci and Prada purses, or bootleg movies, some of which are surprisingly well made. The petite loveseat is of such a simple form that another manufacturer can easily recreate it. The original steel structure however might be a little more difficult to replicate. Corbusier's loveseat is on the more expensive end of furniture, and New York being a city of immigrants one will certainly find cheaper replicas of this piece of furniture. Although not everyone can afford the original loveseat from Corbusier's LC2 collection, they can own a replica inspired by the luxurious modernity that Corbusier created in the petite loveseat.


Compare: Alexander Calder's mobile in Washington D.C. would also fit nicely with Corbusier's modern loveseat. Washington D.C. is also a "International City" in that people from all over the world live, practice buisness, or simply travel there for numerous reasons. Calder's mobile is modern and bold and would look fantastic in the same space as the petite loveseat.

Contrast: A place for a bean bag chair in New Orleans is contrasting to the sleek idea of the loveseat in that a bean bag chair is extremely casual. New Orleans is a bit more wild and colorful as a whole while New York encompases very neat and strict and modern ways of living as well as more casual environments.