Vintage Design Lives

The GM Technical Center in Warren, Michigan, is not only a place where work is done, but one of the architectural wonders, not only in metro Detroit, but anywhere.

The GM Technical Center in Warren, Michigan, is not only a place where work is done, but one of the architectural wonders, not only in metro Detroit, but anywhere. The International design by Eero Saarinen and his colleagues, which was completed in the mid-‘50s, undoubtedly helps inspire those who work there, showing that just as bricks and mortar can be transformed into remarkable structures, so, too, can sheet metal.

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Staircase in GM Design Center by Kevin Roche.

Which brings us to another design, this from the mid-‘60s, desks designed by Ben Swildens.

Swildens designed a stainless steel desk that was installed in 1966 in the lobby of Peugeot’s head office in Paris, Avenue de la Grande Armée. Three of these desks were used by receptionists:

 

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Yes, this is a desk.

Speaking of what he was doing, the designer said, “In order to respond to Peugeot’s requests, this was ideal because it corresponded to the company’s spirit regarding the eternal panels of cars. For car markers, metal was the prime material.”

As it is today.

And speaking of today, the design has been re-released in a limited edition by furniture designer Furdess, and is featured in the reception area of Peugeot HQ for a few weeks.