'EXECUTIVE ORDER: IMAGES OF 1970'S CORPORATE AMERICA' BY SUSAN RESSLER
SUSAN RESSLER'S 'EXECUTIVE ORDER: IMAGES OF 1970'S CORPORATE AMERICA'
IMAGE SOURCE | Los Angeles Documentary Project, Smithsonian American Art Museum
PHOTOGRAPHER | SUSAN RESSLER
PUBLISHER | DAYLIGHT BOOKS
“I chose the spaces I photographed from 1977 to 1980 for the futuristic flair of that look, focusing on form and making it cool and impossibly clean. One can never see power, only its effects, it gave me a strange feeling of awe with a simultaneous chilling effect. I imagined that once I had gone, a vacuum cleaner would suck up every footprint, and a butler would dust off any residue of human presence.” - SUSAN RESLER
Still current today, these seventies offices captured by documentary photographer Susan Ressler, are not only a clear commentary on a key period in American socioeconomic history, but a great source for design aficionados. If, like me, you derived great pleasure watching the offices shown in Mad Men transition cleverly from the Mid-Century Modern of the sixties, to character Roger Sterling's Space Age black and white office of the early seventies, you too will be able to identify, and take joy in, the appearance of key furniture pieces from the likes of: Marcel Breuer, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Hans Wegner, Charles and Ray Eames and even De Sede. There is no denying the power of high end office design during this period; it both championed and celebrated the works of such designers in a space that was neither commercial nor residential - but rather, a clever amalgam of the two.
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