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Playboy Architecture 1953-1979: The exhibition, on view at Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt until April 20th 2014, examines the innovative role Playboy magazine played in the dissemination and promotion of avant-garde architecture and design for nearly 30 years, from the 1950s through the 1970s . The magazine regulary featured articles on innovative and visionary architectural designs from its inception into the late 1970s, thus becoming an important communicator of avant-garde design currents to public. Playboy, mixing pin-up models, furniture, and design objects in both erotic or non-erotic photography, cleverly introduced a mass audience to the world of modern architecture and design.
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A Playboy Pad: The Bubble House: A Rising Market Chrysalis (Mike Davies, Chris Dawson and Alan Stanton), Architects Indoor photo, April 1972 Playboy Issue © Playboy Enterprises International, Inc.
Malitte Chair, February 1973 Playboy Issue, p. 113 © Playboy Enterprises International, Inc.
Miss November on B.K.F, Hardoy Butterfly Chair by Jorge Ferrari-Hardoy, Grupo Austral, November 1954 Playboy Issue © Playboy Enterprises International, Inc.
“Bunny’s Honey’s” on B.K.F Hardoy Butterfly Chair, 1938 Jorge Ferrari-Hardoy, Designer, Grupo Austral, December 1958 Playboy Issue © Playboy Enterprises International, Inc.
Collage “Living City Survival Kit”, by Warren Chalk Living City, exhibition catalogue, p. 103, published in Living Arts No. 2, 1963
Buckminster Fuller, City of the Future, January 1968 Playboy Issue, p. 166-167 © Playboy Enterprises International, Inc.
George Nelson, Edward Wormley, Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, Charles Eames, Jens Risom, July 1961 Playboy Issue © Playboy Enterprises International, Inc.
High life in the round Architect: John Koppes, October 1968 Playboy Issue © Playboy Enterprises International, Inc.
Playboy’s progress, May 1954 Playboy Issue © Playboy Enterprises International, Inc.
Playboy's Penthouse Apartment James E. Tucker, Designer, Bird's eye view, September 1956 Playboy Issue © Playboy Enterprises International, Inc.
The Playboy Townhouse, Architect: R. Donald Jaye, Drawing: Humen Tan, May 1962 Playboy Issue, p. 84–87 © Playboy Enterprises International, Inc.
Master Bedroom in the Playboy Townhouse, Architect: R. Donald Jaye, Drawing: Humen Tan, May 1962 Playboy Issue © Playboy Enterprises International, Inc.
Dining area in the Playboy Townhouse, Architect: R. Donald Jaye, Drawing: Humen Tan, May 1962 Playboy Issue, p. 88 © Playboy Enterprises International, Inc.
Tulip Chair für Knoll International, 1956, Eero Saarinen, Designer “Playboy’s Playmate of the Month” December 1964 Playboy Issue © Playboy Enterprises International, Inc.
Bubble-House, Architect: Chrysalis, April 1972 Playboy Issue © Playboy Enterprises International, Inc.
Playboy Pad-Pleasure on the Rocks, Architect: John Lautner, November 1971 Playboy Issue, p. 151 © Playboy Enterprises International, Inc.
Playboy Pad-Pleasure on the Rocks, Architect: John Lautner, November 1971 Playboy Issue, p. 154 © Playboy Enterprises International, Inc.
Bunny Chair, ca. 1971, Playboy, Designer, October 1971 Playboy Issue © Playboy Enterprises International, Inc.
The exhibition view with chairs in display at the DAM © Uwe Dettmar.
The exhibition view with original Playboy copies at the DAM © Uwe Dettmar
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