Kelly Wearstler for The Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills
Interior Design Spotlight: Warren Platner (1919 – 2006)
Iconic American designer Warren Platner is a personal inspiration. A contemporary of legendary designers Raymond Loewy, Eero Saarinen and I. M. Pei, he is well-known for his steel wire furniture, of which he developed both the method and tooling to produce the famous wire chair in an enduring furniture collection. Platner was a fixture of 1960′s Modernism. His work lives on in his numerous prominent residential and commercial projects, among them the Georg Jensen Design Center and offices for the Ford Foundation in NYC and Water Tower Place in Chicago.
As described in his obituary in the New York Times, “Mr. Platner created [office] spaces that were flexible, understated and efficient. He chose a rich, quiet colour scheme to create a warm environment and installed custom-made furniture designed to eliminate unnecessary effort.” Regrettably one of his best known projects, and one that I feel fortunate to have visited, the Windows On The World restaurant in the World Trade Center, is lost to us but for now haunting images. Take a look around some of my favourite examples of the Platner aesthetic.
Key photo: Kelly Wearstler for The Avalon Beverly Hills