Monday, February 28, 2011

ooh, shiny!

Canned hams, polished Airstreams, Atomic wonders and even a homemade truck camper- some original, some restored, some reinvented to indulge an owner's fantasies- as individual as hot rods once were, these are the retro trailers from the 2011 Airstream Show at Palm Springs Modernism Week.

They are famous and luxurious names like Airstream and Spartan- and some lesser known like Airfloat and Road Chief. There's even an super modern Holiday House, a little known venture from the founders of Harry and David. They range from the late thirties through the early seventies, and each has a story to tell- of places visited, families hosted, and adventure together on the open road.

Hook one up to the Country Squire wagon and let's go!

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

the end of the plain plane

Modernism week was fabulous this year, eight days incredible mid century design all served up like a swirling and delicious dessert. In addition to architecture, themes of advertising and design were introduced. Among the unexpected jewels of the show this year was this amazing exhibition of the rebranding of Braniff Airlines in 1965.

Driven by Mary Wells of Well Rich Greene, the transformation of the airline was in no way limited to the advertising- instead everything was redecorated- including the aircraft inside and out- painted in seven pastel shades of blue, green, yellow, orange and even lavendar, the runway service equipment, the terminals and yes, the flight attendants. Still known as Stewardesses at that time, they were totally transformed by Emilio Pucci, a complete ensemble including dresses, coats, scarves, serving suits (with culottes), bags, shoes and boots, and yes, even a space age plastic bubble to protect one's hair while boarding.

The exhibition followed the transformation from the Pucci "Gemini IV" collection of 1965 through the wild "Ports of Call" look and on through the adoption of a much moe subdued Halston look of 1977. Simply to die for. Have a look.

See a complete photo essay here