Modernism as Branding: Selling Thrift, Soap & Plexiglas

Event Sep 29  

Grace Ong Yan on the intersection of branding, corporate design and business in midcentury America. A DOCOMOMO US/NY Tri-State Modern Conversations presentation.

Rolex files for demolition on Fifth Avneue


Rolex plans to demolish its 12-story headquarters and rebuild at twice the height. Sound familiar?

Modernism week in Western NY!


September 13–18. Preservation Buffalo Niagara has organized an exciting slate of events to highlight the evolution of Modernism in the region.

Lever House is in the news


SOM returns to Lever House to lead a multi-faceted restoration and renovation project. Preservationists have some questions.

The Modernist French Garden: Designs by the Vera Brothers

Through Jan 2  

André and Paul Vera sought to transform garden designs by pairing modern geometric order with elements of traditional 17th-century landscapes. At the Cooper Hewitt now.

Travel Tour: Mass Modernism 2021

Event Sep 29  

Pack your bags and take a trip to Massachusetts this Fall. Six days of significant modern sites in Cambridge, Boston, Lincoln, Dartmouth and Cape Cod.

New Canaan Modern House Day + Symposium

Event Oct 22  

Modern House Day is back with an exciting two-day event. Tickets are on sale now.

Returning! Docomomo US Tour Day

Event Oct 9  

The only national program of its kind, Tour Day is devoted to the appreciation of modern architecture in the United States.

Landis Gores, Growing Up Modern

Event Oct 1  

This panel discussion looks at the life and accomplishments of Landis Gores, one of the New Canaan “Harvard Five” architects you may not know about.

Nivola Sandscapes at Magazzino Italian Art

Through Jan 10  

Costantino Nivola is known for his large-scale bas-reliefs and sculptural installations created in collaboration with architects. This new exhibition shows how much more there is to know about Nivola.

James Rose landscape, recently restored, now threatened


A James Rose-designed corporate garden in Upper Saddle River, NJ faces off against NJ Board of Public Utility.

Found: A long-lost MoMA model house


From the garden of MoMA to the Westchester suburbs, a Gregory Ain-designed house is still around.

Shower in the spirit of FLW

It was only a matter of time. “With the stroke of his pencil he gave structure to life, and life to structure. That is a legacy that lives on.” Now, we’re told, in a new bathroom fixture collection from BRIZO. Catch the video.

Expand your MoMo horizons

Docomomo Journal is the peer-reviewed journal of Docomomo International that, since 1990, has provided a twice-yearly collection of recent and original research on the documentation and conservation of Modern Movement sites. The journal is now open access and digitized back to 2010. Peruse some great issues at our leisure.

Wear your Modernist colors

The Modernist Society in Manchester, UK, is back with a new production run of its popular “ist Badges.” That would be modernist, brutalist, futurist, minimalist, all on tasteful enameled pins. Order yours today.

Cats of Brutalism

Apparently cats like Brutalism a lot more than architectural pundits, civic leaders and everyday onlookers. This Instagram account—taglined a “daily dose of cats and concrete”—is all fun. If you’re on Instagram check out Julliard School, Pirelli Building, Whitney Museum and more.

Eames Office Explains Magnitude

Along with architecture, Charles and Ray Eames made their mark in short films. In Power of Ten, a 1977 film for IBM, the duo visualized the concept of magnitude and it still mesmerizes. Six million YouTube viewers couldn’t be wrong.

The Albers nailed it first

Pantone has announced its Color of the Year—and it’s two, a lemony yellow and a pale gray. Something about sunny optimism ahead. Midcentury color pioneers Josef and Anni Albers made extensive use of this combo in their work, Josef in his “Homage to the Square” series and Anni in screen prints. Phaidon’s recent monograph, Anni & Josef Albers, makes the case for the duo’s early influence on color performance.

Kickstarter for Kahn

Originally issued in 1962 and long out of print, Kahn personally acknowledged The Notebooks and Drawings of Louis I. Kahn as his favorite book about his work. The Louis I. Kahn Facsimile Project is Kickstarting to publish an exact reproduction and new Reader’s Guide. Sign up now for a discount when it’s out.