I was listening to NPR this morning at the gym, and there was a fantastic interview with Frank Gehry that really moved me. I am a total design junkie, and have been enamored with Mr. Gehry since the early 1990’s when he designed the Chiat/Day offices in Venice, California. The facade was shaped like a pair of binoculars, the center of which served as the entrance to the parking garage. At the time, I was working a couple of blocks away in Santa Monica, and would drive by everyday on my way to and from my office.
At the time, my obsession with design was new, and this eclecticism seemed so risky and different. I love it when people, designers and developers step outside the box. Since then, Gehry has gone on to design Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Louis Vuitton Foundation outside of Paris, and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. At 86, he is still pushing the envelop – check out the Dancing House in Prague!
All the (well-deserved) attention is culminating the release of Paul Goldberger’s biography of Gehry, coming out on September 15, 2015. Golderberger, a friend of Gehry’s for over 40 years, chronicles the life of Gehry (born Frank Goldberg!) and shows the full spectrum of his work and how he single-handily changed the architectural world with his ingenious use of materials and form. This is one volume I can make room for in my bookshelf, and have already pre-ordered the book.
If you would like to listen to the story, I’ve embedded it below. I hope you do. Frank Gehry is such a pioneer.
book jacket image via NPR.