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Lucia Eames, the only child of American architect and designer Charles Eames and only step-daughter of designer and painter Ray Eames, died April 1 at the age of 83. Born in 1930 to Charles and his first wife, Catherine Woermann, Lucia was an artist, graphic designer, owner of the Eames Office, and founder of the Eames Foundation — not to mention a mother of five.

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Today is the actual date of GDUSA’s 50th Anniversary, the moment the first edition rolled off the printing press.

We like a party as much as anyone, so we’ve been celebrating all year; we’ll continue to do so right on until the final moments of 2013 fade away. To honor the community we serve, we’ve conducted a series of 50th Anniversary surveys to more than 40,000+ creative professionals about who you respect and what you admire. These have truly resonated, not as scientific truths but as fun, informational and provocative lists. We reprise some of the results here today and announce new findings.

Thanks to all of you for putting up with us for this past half century; wait ’till you see what we have planned for the next 50 years.

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January/February 1974:

In one of the wildest, craziest, nuttiest sessions ever thrown at the Club, 10 greats in the field of communications tossed barbs and insults faster and funnier than the best of Don Rickles and Jack E. leonard combined, at honored guest and award-winning designer Herb Lubalin. Lubalin is only the first. For this new art form called the Roast — which is getting to be as rampant and American as the regular Friars Club sinners — the Club will next take on George Lois and Steve Frankfurt. Watch out!

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Pictured left to right: Bernie Zlotnick (Roast Chairman), Jerry Della Femina, Herb Lubalin, Ralph Ginzburg and George Lois
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I think it’s fair to say that whatever the Mad Men season premiere holds for us, it is sure to be a visual delight. Here are a few gifts inspired by the mid-cenutury interiors at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. And remember, there is nothing wrong with giving yourself one of these atomic artifacts.

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Vitra Nelson Night Desk Clock

We pretty sure we saw this George Nelson clock on Roger Sterling’s desk. This iconic example of mid-century modern design is both functional and a geometric work of art.

Design Public 460.00

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