Just as Mies’ buildings relied on simplicity and structure, images from the nascent “new minimalism" movement indicate young European designers are doing the same. Without ornament, excess, or confusion about who, exactly, these outfits are meant for, simple yet sculptural attire is making a comeback across the Atlantic.
As far as the Mies Society is concerned, such personal aesthetics couldn’t be better timed. The architect’s influence on iconic hairstylist Vidal Sassoon will be the focus of Mies 126th birthday celebration next month.
Like Vidal Sassoon’s creations, minimalist fashions are made for women to wear with little fuss. The unintended benefit is the ability to match one’s modernist surroundings!
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Vidal Sassoon, whose revolutionary approach to hair was influenced by Mies’ approach to buildings, lives in a home the legendary architect might appreciate.
Sassoon credits his work in hair to the Bauhaus. Both his cuts and Mies’ creations favor form over decoration and angular geometry over classical curves.
Come celebrate this unlikely influence at Mies’ 126th birthday party on March 27!
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Crown Hall will play host to an exhibit of Navy Pier redesign concepts during the month of February. As Navy Pier’s 100th anniversary approaches in 2016, Pier officials seek to redevelop the site’s public space to reinvigorate tourism. The Navy Pier competition began in September, drawing worldwide interest, and has winnowed down to five selected finalist teams, which include IIT College of Architecture Assistant Professor Marshall Brown, Studio Associate Professor Martin Felsen, and Adjunct Professor Terry Guen as contributors.
The finalists will present their complete visions at the Museum of Contemporary Art on January 31 – February 1. A free exhibit at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, as well as satellite exhibits around the city, including at IIT’s Crown Hall, will allow the public to take part in the process. The winning design will be chosen at the end of February.
Navy Pier Exhibit
Crown Hall, Lower Core
3360 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60616
Exhibit is free and open to the public. Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 am – 6:30 pm
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