Category: Design History

Kugel /Gips House

The Kugel Gips House, located in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod, was designed in 1970 by Charlie Zehnder, an architect who was one of the most prolific modernist architects on the outer Cape, designing homes in the region since the…

Gustav Klimt

Gold leaf has been used in the art world for thousands of years.  Gold leaf is simply the process of hammering real gold into paper-thin sheets and then adhering it to the art with an oil, egg tempura or glue…

What is Mid-Century Modern?

The term Mid-Century Modern is being used often these days as a style indicator.  It is sometimes mis-used and erroneously applied to architecture, objects and styles. The term refers to an aesthetic that developed in the mid-20th century between 1933 to 1965. …

3515 Glenwood

Architect Milton Small came to Raleigh, NC in 1948 under the persuasion of Henry Kamphoefner, the influential Chair of the College of Design at NC State University at that time.  Small was born in Oklahoma where he received his engineering…

Who was Mies?

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was an architect who lived from 1886-1969 who helped to establish a new architecture style based on simplicity, clarity, no ornament and modern materials such as steel and glass.  He understood this as an honest…