Playboys of Design Circa 1961

October 11th, 2007 · No Comments · Artists


Jens Risom reflects on a 1961 cover shoot for the Playboy article “Designs for Living” in today’s Design Notes Newsletter from Design Within Reach (here).

When we gathered that day for the Playboy photo shoot, we probably all wanted, as I did, to have the opportunity to relax over a drink and compare notes. But it all took so much more time than expected. Too bad, for I had hoped it would be our chance to get to know each other better. In my opinion, Eames, Saarinen and Bertoia were the most interesting, and we could have learned a lot from them.

Around the time the Playboy article was published, my wife and I visited Ray and Charlie in California. They had expanded beyond furniture design into filmmaking. Charlie routinely photographed during the design process, so it was a natural progression that they move into film.

DWR has a pretty nice blog as well.

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