Age-Old Designs: Time to Retire Mid-Century Modernism?!


Craighton Berman has an uncanny grasp on design and humor, blending them together in both his real-life projects and playfully-sketched cartoons showing a different perspective on modernist classics.

The Barcelona Chair, well, just add wheels. The La-Z-Boy already has age-related associations, so not much work needed on that one. As for the Eames chair as a walker: not really a stretch either, all things considered. We all know designs are never truly timeless, but these illustrations really bring the point home.

This strip is both crass and critical, but ultimately lighthearted as well – a forward-thinking retrospective on modernism-gone-by (much of which has since been resurrected) drawn for industrial design mag Core77.

More of Berman’s creative cartooning can be found on FueledByCoffee, while his similarly unique, offbeat and reflective product designs (like his coiled power-cord lighting and hybrid trash-can floor lamp) can be seen on his professional portfolio homepage.

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