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Story: Modernism Week

by Cat on April 5, 2010

by Designing Mom Erika G of Gleaux

My husband and I took a little “babymoon” recently to Palm Springs. We
are expecting baby #3 (a girl this time!) in June. We unknowingly
stumbled upon the last few days of Modernism Week. Normally, a visit to
Palm Springs vaguely recalls the sort of dusty, forgotten replicas of
the sleek, cocktail lounge, jet set days of yesteryear’s Rat Pack. It is
so easy to pass one funky roadside hotel, gas station or stylized retro
Denny’s after another without even thinking, (especially in
California)… but because it happened to be Modernism Week and it was
cold and rainy, we gathered up the event pamphlets, mapped out the hot
spots
and got into it…. uncovering the truly authentic and dynamic architectural
gems of the mid-century that rest exclusively in Palm Springs. It was
a ball! I thought I’d share with my Designing Moms…

Just for reference: Modernism Week, the only event like it in the
country, is a 9-day celebration of mid-century modern design, architecture and culture. Palm
Springs
is a virtual architectural museum of this style with the world’s
largest and best-preserved examples of celebrated homes and landmark
buildings constructed during the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. This design
aesthetic was typified by clean, simple lines and elegant informality
which came to define “Desert Modernism”. Desert Modernism was a
mid-twentieth century approach to modernism that capitalized on the
sunny skies and warm climate of Southern California and the American
Southwest. Desert Modernism was a regional approach to the
“International Style” architecture. Rocks, trees, and other landscape
features were often incorporated into the design. The most common
characteristics of Desert Modernism are expansive glass walls and
windows, dramatic rooflines, and wide overhangs, steel and plastic
combined with wood and stone, open floor plans, and outdoor living
spaces.

Here are some of cool, original spots that I was able to photograph and
composite on
our visit…

Palm Springs City Hall (1952-57)
Designed by Albert Frey

Kaufmann House (1946-47)
Designed by Richard Neutra

Tramway Gas Station ((1963-65)
Designed by Albert Frey

Del Marcos Hotel (1947)
Designed by William F. Cody


Bank of America (1959)
Design inspired by Le Corbusier


This style of architecture lent itself to much experimentation and
exploration in not only furniture, product and automobile design, but to
typography as well. In aiming
to define the new mid century modern style, both calligraphy and
ornamentation was widely rejected in favor of purity and elemental form.
Refined sans serif forms and grid-based, modular, and often unicase
alphabets were embraced resulting in what became known as the ubiquitous
style of Geometric Modernist type seen everywhere these days in
universal signage, branding, advertising, logos, etc. The overall look
and feel of the lettering is open, unobtrusive, simple, rational,
tightly structured, clear, harmonious. Some of these typefaces include
Futura (Paul Renner, 1927)

Serifa (Adrian Frutiger 1967),
Neutra,
(Richard Neutra/Christian Schwartz 1950)
Gill Sans (Eric Gill
1928)
Helvetica (Max Miedinger 1957)


Univers (Adrian Frutiger
1957), Palatino
(Hermann Zapf 1948), Optima (Hermann Zaph 1952)

Universal
(Herbert
Bayer
1932) and Avant Garde (Herb Lubalin 1970).

It was a great unexpected adventure to look at Palm Springs this way,
having my inner designer awakened when I least expected it.

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Make: Gift Buckets

by Cat on February 14, 2010

Hello everyone… I am literally sneaking this one in right before Valentine’s Day…enjoy!
xxoo, Cat

to print a free downloadable recipe page, click here!

by Designing Mom Erika G of Gleaux

Happy Valentine’s Day Designing Moms! I put together some gift buckets last week to thank a few of my clients and thought these would be fun to share with the group. I baked a few batches of Five Layer Cookies and Hidden Chocolate Cookies, and packed them into these adorable plastic “paint buckets” I found at Michael’s Art & Craft Store. Pink confetti, heart-lined ribbon and pink heart-shaped cookie cutters topped things off.


Something I love to do for holiday gatherings, showers, dinners with friends etc., is to share the recipes I used printed out within a nostalgic, old world kitchen themed template, categorized by color for each seasonal event. The templates allow for lots of notes, reminders, and customization. Sort of a fun way to record, collect and archive your favorite culinary creations! I’ve uploaded one of the templates, as well as the cookie recipes I used for download (courtesy of my favorite kitchen diva goddess, Paula Deen). I hope you all had a wonderful day with your loved ones, filled with lots of sweets and kisses : ).
Sincerely, Erika at Gleaux

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Make: Placemats

by Cat on January 26, 2010

by Designing Mom Erika G of Gleaux



Recently I saw a set of adorable kid’s placemats and thought, “I MUST
have those!!” But then saw the price tag and soberly realized if I
bought them I’d have only enough money left over to serve Top Ramen on
them!

So I went home and sifted thru my boy’s art bins and had them
select of few of their favorite drawings. I scanned them, adjusted the
sizes a bit, labeled them (which was a study in utter silliness),
printed them out at 11×17 and had them very affordably laminated at
Kinkos.
They not only keep our antique heavy oak kitchen table clean and
dry but fill my spill/splatter-prone diner’s with unbridled pride and
joy
! Mangiare!

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Gleaux Calendar #2

by Cat on December 18, 2009

Day two of the free downloadable calendar from Gleaux.
Click here for the pdf!

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Gleaux Calendar #1

by Cat on December 17, 2009

Here is the first free “page” of Designing Mom Erika’s downloadable Gleaux calendar!
Click here for the pdf and stay tuned for more pages in the following days…


I’d like to post a free printable calendar, designed by Gleaux, as a
holiday gift to the Designing Moms. I figure as we wrap up 2009 and
bring in 2010, what better way to stay organized than having a stylish
little “pocket docket” on hand to glance at either on the run, at the
desk or in the kitchen. I hope this finds you and all the fabulous
designing moms and their families happy, healthy and warm this season ~
Happy Holidays, from Erika at Gleaux!

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