Dec, 13, 2010,
6:59 AM

Now open: the Mies Society Shop

Celebrate good design this holiday season with groovy coasters from the Mies Society online store.

Created just for us by Chicago-based surface designer, Noel Ashby, each set of 8 paperboard coasters features S.R. Crown Hall and Carr Chapel.

Pick up a few sets for stylin’ hostess gifts or stocking stuffers. Or poke a hole and add a hook to create statement ornaments for tasteful tree trimming.

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Dec, 13, 2010,
6:12 AM

Announcing….Our new website!

We are delighted to present our new website. Check it out! The site houses exclusive information about Mies’ influence and his work. Detailed building “biographies” feature sketches, models, and 3-D renderings of modernism’s most important structures. Gorgeous, immersive photography showcases the buildings Mies designed as well as portraits of the architect himself.

In addition to digging deep into Mies’ life and work, when you visit the site you can:

·  Browse the titles on Mies’ bookshelf and read his speeches;

·  Track progress on building restoration efforts and support the organization by becoming a member;

·  Sign up for an architectural tour of the IIT campus;

·  Shop for Crown Hall coasters created by Chicago-based textile designer, Noel Ashby;

·  Register for events—like Mies’ 125th birthday party. Scheduled for March 28, 2011, this annual event promises to be another interactive, martini-fueled experience. Wright auction house will demonstrate how to spy authentic Mies furniture among the imposters;

·  Learn about exhibits, lectures, and performances at S.R. Crown Hall. Recent events have featured the work of The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Hubbard Street Dance, Aaron Siskind, and Andy Warhol.

The website was designed by Scott Thomas, who embraced the Miesian values of openness and transparency. Thomas, who works under the name SimpleScott, was the design director for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. His book about the process, Designing Obama, and an iPad application, were released this fall. He is a founding member of The Post Family, an artists’ collective in Chicago.

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Dec, 7, 2010,
6:54 PM

The MiesSociety.org Launch Party

Come celebrate the new miessociety.org at our Launch Party. Have a cocktail, chat with the web design team and mingle with other Mies enthusiasts. The event is hosted at the Post Family/SimpleHonestWork studio space (pictured below). Find more details about the event on The Happenings page

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