Recently, while viewing videos on youtube on mid-century modern I stumbled across the one below. It shows, Marc Greuther, then Curator of Industry and Design at the Henry Ford Museum discussing the museum’s display of mid-century modern furniture, He also takes a brief tour of the archives. He states that this area of design is important to the automotive museum’s exhibits as it demonstrates the significance of how materials are used and the endurance of clean, simple lines. Two of the most interesting scenes in the video are: An Eames Lounge chair that has been deconstructed and exhibited in suspended pieces to show the construction and use of materials and the scene in the archives when he discusses prototypes. The museum owns 1 of only 2, the other is presumed lost, prototypes of Eames Fiberglass chair. They also have the Aeron chair in various prototype stages.
Tokyo has never really wanted to visit MI, but now she is really curious about seeing the industry and design section at the Henry Ford in Dearborn, MI.
As an aside, Joe and I own one of these great chairs in the same color combination as shown. It is one of our favorite pieces and is so comfortable. It also looks very cool!
I have also provided a list of books that I use, which can be viewed on Amazon and purchased there to add to your reference library. Remember that Happy Collecting means always learning more about what you own or want to own. It makes you a wiser buyer.
- The Louvre of the Industrial Age (radar.oreilly.com)