You Know the Work, Now Meet the Woman

Mary Blair conceptual drawing for Disney's Alice in Wonderland.

Mary Blair was one of the most important artists to work at Disney and yet most know her work, but not her name. She brought that iconic mid-century style to such work as Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Cinderella and she did set designs for Small World and Tomorrowland at Disneyland.

There is an exhibition of her work now through September 14, 2014 at The Walt Disney Family Museum in at The Presidio in San Francisco.

Article from Blouin Artinfo

Living with Design

 Ray and Charles Eames

I watched the PBS American Masters Series on Charles and Ray Eames tonight. It is from 2011 but I had not gotten around to watching it until now. I thought I knew about them as designers which I did, however as filmmakers, I did not. Now I want to see their films. Many of them were educational pieces for companies like IBM. It was very interesting and I recommend it. Many of their designs are still in production today.

USPS commemorative stamp set of the Eames' work.

Directing the New Age

The Marshmallow Sofa by George Nelson and Irving Harper for Herman Miller, 1956.

George Nelson was offered the Directorship of The Herman Miller Furniture Company in 1945 following the publication of a book called, Tomorrow's House which he co-authored with Henry Wright. Under Nelson's leadership, mid-20th century design had a home and was allowed to flourish.

The Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, MI is hosting a retrospective of Nelson's career through October 14, 2012.