Mid-century modern is an umbrella term that describes the popular industrial design taste ranging from the mid-1940's to the mid-1970's across all disciplines—architecture, interior design, product design, and graphic design. It was huge shift in its time, orbiting around the desire to strip away excessive ornamentation and get things down to their most basic shape elements. Despite the changing aesthetics of the 1970's onward, it continues to endure—in the words gallery owner Patrick Parrish, "It’s been the new cool thing five times in the last 50 years."
Of course, no design era is the pinnacle of perfection. Elements of mid-century interior design can oversaturate our eyeballs—does anyone else completely overlook the Eames chairs placed in the corner of perfectly-styled rooms on Pinterest—and after living in post-Soviet East Germany for a year, I gotta say that the stark minimalism of Brutalist architecture can get really depressing in a snowless winter. (I also have to admit that sometimes even the word "design" is so overused that it feels like a gnat swarm to the face on a muggy day in August.)
Yet, I can't help but love the work of French-born, NYC-based designer Raymond Loewy (1893–1986). You probably don't know the name, but the guy was so prolific that unless you've been living in a cave, I guarantee you've seen his work. Let's take a look at some of his greatest hits.
Editor's note: From time to time, we like to feature the voices of ManMade readers on the site. We love hearing what you're up to, what you're making, and how you stay creative. When ManMade reader Scott Huntington wrote in share his love of classic cars and the work that goes into restoring them, I asked him to share his experience.
Mazda recently held their inaugural Mazda Ice Academy in Crested Butte, Colorado. What's that, you ask? Apparently Mazda invited a bunch of journalists to the snowy mountains to have them test out their newest models in blizzard and bizarre conditions. Part of this particular boot camp however included extended training on how to drive in snowy conditions.
Michael Bream has a motto: "If you work on any car, you have to make it faster." A bold statement considering the stigma against electric vehicles for being sissy or potentially unreliable, on top of the fact that he helps run a company specializing in outfitting old cars with high performance electric drive trains.
The dream of driving a flying car is something most of us associate with the Jetsons or Star Wars, but in reality their conceptions begin way way back. In fact, William Samuel Henson and John Stringfellow patented the flying car design seen above in 1841.. over 60 years before human flight was possible.
Living in Los Angeles, I spend and unbelievable amount of time in my car everyday, so I have an intense appreciation for the conveniences that every man should have on the go. Some are truly life-saving and some just feel life-saving, but here's an
I’m from about as North as American North gets, so understanding (much less appreciating) NASCAR was never been thing for me or really anyone I knew growing up. But I've been getting to know more fans of car racing, and seeing movies like Rush have slowly beenteaching me to appreciate the skills, mechanical inventiveness, and the energy that comes from a finely executed race.
…With a little help from some quality process videos of course. I’ve spent enough years with less-than-cherry cars that need constant TLC to keep them moving along, and I wish I’d actually taken the time to learn some of the easier maintenance processes that I could’ve done myself.
Quick: what was the make, model, and production year of the first car you owned? Mine was a 1984 Honda Civic, tan, with a tape deck that got used significantly, and get this, power door locks! Snazzy!
I bet most of you had no trouble answering that question - the cars you've driven throughout your life leave a mark on you. Remember how bad you wanted that soft-top Jeep in high school? Or the white Celica you took with your girlfriend on that first big cross-country road trip?
Great Scott! An electrified DeLorean DMC-12 is getting ready to cruise through the hills of Italy to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of Back to the Future. Well, almost...
"Technically, a complete electric DeLorean is about a week in the future. Right now they’ve got a garage full of a DeLorean shipped over from Dallas and a turnkey electric car conversion kit that includes
Over the last few years, there's been a trend in filmmaking and commericial work towards using frame-by-frame stop motion techniques to animate, well, animated objects, namely human beings. And I say great! It looks cool, adds an element of humor, and provides for wacky situations to place persons without the need for CGI.
"Drive on Chairs," produced by Nissan to share their hope for a zero-emissions vehicle, has all of those features, plus a bit more, like a blinking orange as a turn signal.