Cesar Pelli, the renown architect who designed some of the world’s most recognizable buildings, died on last Friday at his home in New Haven. He was 92. Among his wide-ranging projects, there is one that is hold a special place by Angelenos. That is Pacific Design Center, PDC , to which I was introduced by the name of Blue Whales when I just entered interior design business and started to shop a lot of prominent brands located in this trade-only design center.
Cesar Pelli’s vision of PDC was “the buildings as oversized fragments fallen to earth, and indeed that is what they look like. Curbed’s architecture critic, Alexandra Lange, believes the Pacific Design Center will be one of Pelli’s most pivotal works for how he explored form through glass-walled buildings. “The transition to the shaped shiny object that he was then able to tweak and deploy around the globe,” she says. “It’s an approach that bridged from his work in Eero Saarinen’s modernist office, defines Late Modernism, was flexible enough to embrace Postmodernism, and then fairly smoothly transitioned to international skyscraper neo-Modernism. I like the awkwardness of this invention phase.”
I have spent a lot of good time shopping, learning , meeting clients and getting inspired in PDC thanks to Cesar Pelli’s great vision and design. Just in case, you are curious what it looks like inside, here are some photos I took in the showrooms of PDC.
I found Cesar Pelli’s personal story is quite inspiring. He won hundreds of architecture awards, including the 1995 gold medal of the American Institute of Architects, its highest honor. But Mr. Pelli’s success came late in life. He didn’t open his own firm until he was 50, and even then, he said, “It was only because I was forced to.” That happened in 1977, when he was chosen to design the renovation and expansion of the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan.
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