September 11, 2011

Windows On The World

Warren Platner, limited production chair, for Steelcase 1970s
I was in New York last week, it's a trip I make a least once a year to get a fix of pure urbanity.  This year marks the tenth anniversary of the tragic destruction of the World Trade towers, and had me thinking of that time before, NYC (and the world) was forever changed.  Like those halcyon days when Waren Platner's mastery created the iconic Windows on the World restaurant (occupying the entire 107th floor of the north tower).  HIs breakout (1977) design  is forever recorded in my visual memory. The attention to detail was all encompassing, every element had intent and was part of the whole.  Like the towers, it had a tremendous effect on my sense (and the possibilities) of built environments.  
Windows is likely the most know of Platner's interior design projects, and his sensuous series of seating and tables for Knoll, the most celebrated.  We were very fortunate to find one of his (out of production) chairs for Steelcase to incorporate in a Palm Springs residence. The chair (pictured above) is rakishly handsome, and epitomizes many hallmarks of his work.  Boldly modern, yet reminiscent of a beauty we had already known. 
Warren Platner for Knoll 1966

In mermory of life, love and beauty lost.
American artist Robert Indiana's, LOVE 1966 
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