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The Super Modern 1960 Geographic “Model X” Trailer aka “Trailer For The Rich”

Only five were built by David Holmes (of Harry & David) and BMW race car designer Chuck Perry. At a whopping $8,495 each, they just couldn’t make a sale. A decent home at the the time could be purchased for $13,000. The showroom manager ended up buying this only surviving model for $5,000. She died in 1995 and her sister sold it for a couple hundred dollars to Los Angeles architect Bardy Azadmard (pictured above). At a cost of $20,000, he restored the trailer to it’s original condition and listed it in 2010 for $135,000. It sold to a buyer in France.

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Bowl Chair by Lina Bo Bardi by Arper (IT)

Italian design brand Arper has put a limited edition of Lina Bo Bardi’s ‘Bowl Chair’, designed in 1951 by the Italian-Brazilian architect, into serial production for the first time.

Designed in 1951 in Bo Bardi’s adopted home of Brazil, the Bowl Chair, never industrialized until now, is an icon of Lina Bo Bardi’s adaptive style.

With the combination of bowl and base, the modular chair can be positioned to perform myriad functions. “Upright and gathered round a coffee table, the chair becomes a catalyst for social interaction; angled downwards, a nest to submerge into with a good book. When set with opening perpendicular to the floor, the chair becomes a cradle for a sheltered nap.” says Arper

“Balancing the worlds of industrialized fabrication and the individualized object, Bo Bardi envisioned the Bardi’s Bowl Chair as flexible in structure while universal and essential in form. But, as with all of Bo Bardi’s designs, the ultimate emphasis remains on the human interaction with the object.”

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Lina Bo Bardi, Casa de Vidro, (1951)

Lina designed the “Glass House” for her and her husband in what was then the remnants of the Mata Atlantica, the original rain forest surrounding São Paulo.

The area is now the wealthy suburb of Morumbi but a more domesticated version of the rain forest has since re-established itself around the house, concealing it from view. 

The main part of the house is horizontal between thin reinforced concrete slabs with slender circular columns. The columns are pilotis, which allows the landscape to flow under the building. Inside, the main living area is almost completely open, except for a courtyard that allows the trees in the garden below to grow up into the heart of the house. In the house, there are zones allocated to different functions- a dining room, a library, and a sitting area around the freestanding fireplace- but all are unified by the forest views through the glass. 

In theory, the glass panels slide open horizontally, but there is no balcony to encourage people to go outside. The living area is only half of the house. The other half sits on solid ground at the top of the hill, on the north side of the living room. A row of bedrooms face a narrow courtyard, on the other side of which is the blank wall of the staff wing. Only the kitchen crosses the divide- a territory shared by servants and mistress, and equipped with a variety of well-designed labor-saving devices.

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Lina Bo Bardi was a Brazilian modernist architect born in Italy. A prolific architect and designer, Lina devoted her working life, most of it spent in Brazil, to promoting the social and cultural potential of architecture and design. Lina designed the “Casa de Vidro” (“Glass House”) to live with her husband in what was then the remnants of the Mata Atlantica, the original rain forest surrounding São Paulo.