Inspire Me Monday: Photography by Ben Schnall

Architectural photographer Ben Schnall wasn’t exactly a living legend like contemporary Julius Shulman, but his work was no less spectacular. Most known for his captures of Marcel Breuer’s designs, Schnall also worked for various magazines such as Life and House and Garden. May your Monday be inspired by the images below, captured by the great and oft-overlooked Ben Schnall.

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Happy Birthday to Mr. Pierre Koenig

Today we celebrate the legacy of the man who built the perfect mid-century modern home. His Case Study Houses 21 and 22 will forever be the consummate examples we use to exemplify American modernism. Thankfully, both of these homes were registered as historic landmarks last year, so we may enjoy them for many years to come.

Below we take a look at these two masterpieces, along with many of the other works that Pierre Koenig was responsible for during his long career. Happy Birthday Mr. Koenig! He would have been 89 years old today.

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The Martin Schwartz House in Santa Monica, 1994. Photo courtesy of NCmodernist.org.

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The Bailey House (Case Study House #21) in the Hollywood Hills, 1958. Photo by Julius Shulman.

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The Scott House in Tujunga, CA – 1953. Photo courtesy of NCmodernist.org.

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The Oberman House in Rancho Palos Verdes. Photo courtesy of NCmodernist.org.

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The Michael La Fetra Beach House in Malibu, 2000. Photo courtesy of NCmodernist.org.

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Drawing for the Bailey House (Case Study House #21) in the Hollywood Hills, 1958. Photo courtesy of Greatbuildings.com.

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The Stahl House (Case Study House #22), 1959. Photo courtesy of The Stahl House.

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The Bailey House (Case Study House #21) in the Hollywood Hills, 1958. Photo by Julius Shulman.

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The Stahl House (Case Study House #22), 1959. Photo by Julius Shulman.

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The Stahl House (Case Study House #22), 1959. Photo by Julius Shulman.

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The Bailey House (Case Study House #21) in the Hollywood Hills, 1958. Photo by Julius Shulman.

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The Stahl House (Case Study House #22), 1959. Photo by Julius Shulman.

Event Spotlight: An Evening at the Al Struckus House

Bruce Goff’s only residential design in Los Angeles – and the last thing he designed before his death – is an interesting structure to say the least. The house is unlike any other, a four-story-high central cylinder surrounded by five smaller connected cylinders clad in natural redwood, glass tiles, and undulating stucco. It’s a “see it to believe it” home for sure, and now’s your chance.

This Saturday, the Al Struckus House will be open for viewing from 4-6pm, with wine and refreshments to top it all off. Visit the Docomomo website to reserve your tickets and get a rare look at a unique and interesting piece of architectural history.

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Inspire Me Monday: Organic Architecture by Javier Senosiain

We adore mid-century modern as much as the next blog, but beautiful and unusual architecture is to be celebrated no matter when the era. Javier Senosiain is one of those architects that molds homes and buildings out of the earth as if made of clay. Most of his works were completed throughout Mexico in the 1980s and ’90s and to this day they remain stunning and extraordinary examples of organic architecture.

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Photos courtesy of Organicarchitecture.weebly.com.

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    Happy Birthday to Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris (Le Corbusier)!

Happy Birthday to Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris (Le Corbusier)!

With an astounding career that spanned across five decades, Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris – known as Le Corbusier – was a true creator. His art knew no boundaries, with a body of work that included architecture, painting, sculpture, and furniture design.

Throughout an illustrious career that took him across Europe, the United States, and all the way to Russia, Le Corbusier crossed paths with the likes of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Gustav Klimt, Walter Gropius, and even Albert Einstein. Like these trailblazers, his influence will live on in the simple everyday design that has become essential to our daily lives.

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Le Corbusier and Albert Einstein. Photo courtesy of Archdaily.

Today Mr. Jeanneret would have been 127 years old. We celebrate his brilliance and his legacy by remembering some of the magnificent creations he was responsible for.

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Centre Le Corbusier in Zürich, 1960. Photo courtesy of Centre Le Corbusier.

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Open Hand Sculpture in Chandigarh, 1951. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

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LC1 armchair, 1929. Photo courtesy of Cassina.com.

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Villa Savoye in Poissy, France – 1931. Photo courtesy of Greatbuildings.com.

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Salon d’Automne, 1929. Photo courtesy of Cassina.com.

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Chandigarh State Assembly, 1961. Photo courtesy of The Guardian.

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LC3 Armchair, 1929. Photo courtesy of Novidecor.

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Philips Pavilion designed for the World’s Fair Expo 1958. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

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Curutchet House in La Plata, Argentina, 1953. Photo courtesy of Arquimasters.

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Maison La Roche in Paris, 1925. Photo courtesy of Fondation Le Corbusier.

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“Femme et coquillage,” 1948. Photo courtesy of Tallinn Technical University.

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House of Youth and Culture in Firminy, France – 1961. Photo courtesy of El Economista.

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Curutchet House in La Plata, Argentina, 1953. Photo courtesy of Arquimaster.

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Chapel of Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp, completed in 1954. Photo courtesy of Archdaily.

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Ariane et Pasiphaé, 1961. Photo courtesy of Fondation Le Corbusier.