|Advertisement for a "Radio of the Future" designed by Samuel Marx.|
It's interesting that Marx is depicted hard at work at a drafting table with two titles: "Industrial Designer" and "Architect". The position of the designer in society was still in flux at the time and the concept of an industrial designer still relatively new. What sort of background should an industrial designer have?
Zenith's Bakelight "Radio Nurse" of 1937 designed by Isamu Noguchi must have set a precedent that Admiral would have liked to follow. Noguchi's design was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in the "design" category, but such work would not be viewed as being considered in a category on a level with "art" for many years to come.
|Images from advertisements and publications of Noguchi's Radio Nurse of 1937.|
|Watercolor by Samuel Marx from Morocco.|
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I'll be giving a talk on the Morton May House in Saint Louis designed by Samuel Marx this Sunday 26 September 2010 at 3pm. The slide talk will be held at Landmarks Association of Saint Louis.
My talk is part of a series on mid-century modern architecture being held this fall. Reservations are required as the talks are quite popular and only 50 people can be accommodated.