Andrew Geller Film Preservation Project

Jake Gorst is an Emmy award winning filmmaker of such cool documentary films as, "Leisurama" and "Farmboy" , "Desert Utopia: Mid Century Architecture in Palm Springs", "Journeyman Architect: The Life and Work of Donald Wexler", "The Rise and Fall of Books" and "William Krisel, Architect". 

Jake is also the grandson of midcentury architect Andrew Geller.  Currently, Jake is working to raise money for a historical documentary film and preservation project on Andrew Geller's life and work.  Please become a pledging partner with Jake on this achievable project here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jonamac/andrew-geller-architectural-archive-preservation-a.


Arne Jacobsen: Father of "Danish Modern."

A very uniquely creative Danish architect and designer was born 109 days ago on this date in 1902.  His name deserves equal billing along with Eero Saarinen, Charles and Ray Eames, and others as being among the most renowned architects and designers of the midcentury modernist period.  Arne Emil Jacobsen passed away in 1971, but not before leaving an astonishing legacy of memorable and timeless style.

Arne Jacobsen attended “the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture in Copenhagen, professor at the Academy (1956-65).”(1He is commonly known for creating the “Danish Modern” style.  Some of his most iconic designs are the “Ant” which in “1952 became the starting point of his world fame as a furniture designer and became the first of a number of lightweight chairs with seat and back in one piece of moulded wood.”(2)

The "Ant" Chair, source: Wikipedia
 "Series 7" chairs, source: Wikipedia

Many midcentury modern furniture aficionados are fascinated by his model 1307 chair which is more commonly referred to as “Series 7.”  Perhaps more famous among his furniture designs are the trademark “Egg” and “Swan” chairs which were originally designed for and compliment his International Style modern SAS Royal Hotel in 1958.  Located in Copenhagen, Denmark, the SAS Royal Hotel, now known as the Radisson Blu Royal hotel, keeps only Room 606 decorated in Jacobsen's original design aesthetic.  These two chairs are used quite often as cool set props in television and print advertisements as well as films. 
"Egg" chair, source: Wikipedia

"Swan" chair, source: Wikipedia

Arne Jacobsen's history of other architectural contributions and designs are certainly no less important, and can be researched here: http://www.arne-jacobsen.com and http://www.scandinaviandesign.com/arne_jacobsen/

Happy Birthday, Arne Jacobsen!