Our Favorite Architects – Part 2
My favorite architect is Antoni Gaudi because he was so far out of the box he created his own style, and I could never in a million years come up with the types of designs he did. The Basilica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia (more commonly known as the Sagrada Familia) is my favorite of his works. It looks like a castle you would make at the beach with really wet runny sand!
I decided to write about my favorite interior designer, Laura Day. Interior design is such a crucial part of architecture and can change the entire feeling of a space. Laura was born in farm country but transitioned to Manhattan. She brings her love of nature and the outdoors from back home and uses it in her upscale/chic city designs. She has a way of weaving the two together that I absolutely love and admire. She also has an eye for how to give more than one function to a room without making it feel overcrowded (quite necessary in small city apartments). One of my favorite apartment designs is her West Village Penthouse where she introduced bold colors and patterns to spruce up the interior. Her renovations to the interior of a farmhouse in Bridgehampton is also an impressive collage of interior spaces that are simple, tasteful, and modern yet rustic at the same time.
Strangely I would say my favorite architect is one Vincent Scully criticized for “having no identifiable style”. I believe this trait is what made Eero Saarinen an icon. When most architects of his time were pushing the Modern Style even if elements of the final projects presented issues for the specific building or its usability, Saarinen adapted his modernist vision for each client to complete a successful project. His belief that no 2 clients are the same allowed him to avoid being stereotyped which is evident in his vast catalogue of buildings, monuments and furniture. The TWA terminal at JFK was considered his greatest building, but I am drawn to the impact he made on “community”, specifically Columbus, Indiana where his building types were as varied as his furniture designs. I applaud his ambition to include his clients and their needs which as an architect I believe vital in any successful project. My favorite building would be the Miller House in Indiana, where coincidently he designed the first “conversation pit”. Eero Saarinen understood the key to success was to communicate.