Paul Sheldrake

LA: From the Spoon to the City

by , 11/14/05
filed under: Los Angeles

The Architect Designs will present a cross section of LACMA’s twentieth-century design collection, highlighting furniture and objects designed by architects. When Italian architect Ernesto Rogers famously declared that he wanted to design everything from “a spoon to a city,” he articulated the desire of many architects to design both buildings and their contents. In some cases, this meant design for specific commissions, such as Rudolf Schindler’s furniture for the Shep family. In others, objects allowed the realization of ideas on a smaller, more viable scale, or were a part of a multifaceted career that spanned all realms of design, as in the case of Frank Gehry. The products of such efforts can function as miniature buildings, conveying the architect’s ideals in a compact form. Or as Charles Eames put it when asked why he made furniture, “so [I] can design a piece of architecture that you can hold in your hand.”

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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