Living in a Bubble

Haus-Rucker space age designs from the late 1960's and early 1970's.

Haus-Rucker designed the Mind Expander in 1967. The seat shell fixes two persons in a certain position. The lower seat allows one person to sit with their legs slightly open. The thigh of their right leg rests against a step forming the transition to a second seat area that is higher by the thickness of a thigh. A helmet-like balloon that is connected with the seat can be tilted over the heads of the two people seated. Their heads thus are enclosed a narrow cylindrical space that is covered by a glass-clear plastic dome above which a transparent balloon hovers. A series of lines and stamped-out shapes made of reflective foil are placed on both the dome and the surface of the balloon in such a way that, depending on whether you concentrate on the level closer or further away from you, the elements constantly overlay each other to form new patterns.

Environment Transformers from 1968. These Environment Transfomers are appliances that change sensory impressions for a limited time in a visual and acoustic way. The processes of seeing and hearing are drawn out of their habitual apathy, separated into their individual functions and put together again as special experiences. Imagine your reaction from your boss when you arrived at work this way!

Yellow Heart Space Age living installation in Vienna 1968. The idea that a concentrated experience of space could offer a direct approach to changes in consciousness led to the construction of a pneumatic space capsule, called the 'Yellow Heart'. Through a lock made of three air rings one arrived at a transparent plastic mattress. Offering just enough space for two people it projected into the centre of a spherical space that was made up of soft, air-filled chambers. Lying there one could perceive that the air-filled "pillows", whose swelling sides almost touched one, slowly withdrew, that is to say the surrounding space appeared to expand, finally forming a translucent sphere and then, in a reverse motion, flowed out again. Large dots arranged in a grid on the outer and inner surfaces of the air-shells changed in rhythmic waves from milky patches to a clear pattern. The space pulsated at extended intervals.

This contribution was produced in response to an invitation to the Documenta 5 in Kassel: a transparent sphere with a diameter of 8 metres was placed in front of the main facade of the Friedericianum. A catwalk made of standard tubular steel sections projected through a window from the interior of the building. A tubular steel ring was fixed to this footbridge, at a slight distance from the façade. This ring formed the external support for a PVC foil shell that formed a sphere when inflated into shape by an air pump. Internally it was the connecting element for a short tunnel made of the same material that had large zips at either end and thus functioned as a kind of airlock.


Fashion by Pierre Cardin

Three little kids standing side by side in the park while modeling their space age mod fashion black and while Pierre Cardin outfits. This photograph was taken by French photographer Pierre Boulat in Paris, 1967.

Photography with Veruschka

Before there was Cindy Crawford, Twiggy or Naomi Campbell, the German Countess (we are not making this up, she really is a countess) Veruschka von Lehndorff reigned supreme in the world of modeling. The 60s-era German icon begin her career at the Ford Modeling Agency and became a muse for famed fashion photographers like Irving Penn and Richard Avedon. She was on the cover of LIFE magazine, worked for Yves Saint Laurent, dated Warren Beatty, worked with Salvador Dalí and her five minute camero in 1966 cult classic Blowup by Michelangelo Antonioni was considered the sexiest scene in film history (although there was no nudity). At her peak, Veruschka von Lehndorff earned as much as $10,000 a day.

Veruschka von Lehndorff was a six feet one inch tall model. Veruschka’s most famous works came after she paired up with Peter Beard, who took her to Kenya. There Veruschka painted herself with black shoe polish to resemble surreal plants and animals in an attempt to “go native”. That body paint would remain Veruschka 's style for the rest of her career. In 1985, Veruschka entered the art world, putting on a body-painting show in Tribeca; on her naked body, she was painted with different outfits transforming her into wild animals and several archetypes, such as film stars, dandies, gangsters, and dirty old men.

In 1975 Veruschka von Lehndorff retired from the fashion industry after disagreements with Grace Mirabella, the new editor-in-chief of Vogue, who wanted to change her image to make it more approachable to average women. She remained away from the public eyes until 2008, when she resurfaced to market her book, succinctly titled Veruschka.

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Yes, we know, the new Apple iMac was already released a couple of days ago. But for us, who write about architecture, design and fashion from 50 years ago, we are actually setting quite a record here. Apple is one of the very few minimal modern brands that actually made it mainstream, not that mainstream is fully aware of that. So we love to feature Apple once in a while.

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Super Stylish

Super Stylish.
Looks like they were stranded on a deserted island.
Love their look.
Perfect color combination.
Well done.
And all that happened in 1968.
Take me back please!

Anatomy of a classic. There is something so intriguing about this photograph; I feel like a bear drawn to honey. Willia Connors photographed model Cheryl Tiegs for the May 1968 Glamour. She sits on the beach in a turquoise puckered Arnel knit bikini by Monica for Elon. A beaded belt by American Authentics is slung around her waist. She's accompanied by a man, reading a newspaper and smoking. The interaction between the couple—or lack thereof—and the manner in which Tiegs regards the camera introduces it as a third character in this scene.

Legendary model Veruschka poses in a 1968 Bill Blass bathing suit on a beach in Brazil in this Franco Rubartelli photograph, which appeared in the January 15, 1968, Vogue. She wears a white nylon bikini by Bill Blass, the top and bottom of which are held together precariously by a series of oversize chain links. Her blissful pose coupled with the far-flung locale make this work particularly exotic.

John Rawlings turns to the beach in this photograph, which appeared in the July 1, 1953, Vogue. The blissful model wears a dark brown strapless bathing suit by Givenchy. The mix of chestnut, orange, sand, and turquoise hues make this shot especially vibrant, creating a desire for escapism that this work affords the viewer.

Veruschka on a Dock, 1965. Celebrated model Veruschka wears a transparent voile jumpsuit over a red, white, and blue striped bikini by Robert Sloan. Her earrings are by Atelier Nina. She stands on the dock as two small boats, one populated by a male companion, serve as a backdrop while a seemingly endless body of water in Barbados hangs in the distance. Louis Faurer's photograph appeared in the April 1965 Mademoiselle.

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Photography by Toni Antoinette Frissell

What's not to love? The photography by Tony Frissell touches you in an unexplainable way. Her photographs are pure, modern and beautiful. One of her most famous photographs is "Weeki Wachee Spring" (aka Lady in the Water) which she took in Weeki Wachee Spring, Florida in 1947.

Toni Antoinette Frissell was born in 1907 in New York City but took photos under the name Toni Frissell, even after her marriage to Manhattan socialite McNeil Bacon. She worked with many famous photographers of the day, as an apprentice to Cecil Beaton, and with advice from Edward Steichen.

Toni Frissell (1907-1988) began her career as a photojournalist. She demonstrated a versatility equal to Johnston's in her work as a staff photographer for Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and Sports Illustrated and in her publication of several photographically illustrated books, ranging from A Child's Garden of Verses (1944) to The King Ranch, 1939-1944 (1975).
Toni Frissell is perhaps best known for her pioneering fashion photography and her informal portraits of the famous and powerful in the United States and Europe, including Winston Churchill, Eleanor Roosevelt, and John F. and Jacqueline Kennedy. She is noted for taking fashion photography out of the studio into the outdoors, thus placing an accent on the active woman. She is also known for the imaginative angles, both physical and metaphorical, from which she covered her subjects.

The photographer herself in Europe mid to late 1940's.

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Porsche 356 Race Car from 1961

We love these vintage Porsche 356 cars from 1961.
Perfection does exist!

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