Kem weber designer and architect
Kem Weber: Mid-Century Furniture Designs for the Disney Studios by David A. BossertKem Weber (1889—1960), a well-known mid-century architect, was part of the distinctive West Coast modernism movement that helped shaped the relaxed California lifestyle. He influenced California style during the mid-twentieth century with buildings architecture, interior designs and furniture, including his famed Air Line chair, which is part of many museum furniture collections. As chief designer for the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank in 1939, Kem Weber also designed the specialized animation furniture that went into the then new studio complex. The Disney animation furniture, which has been lauded in recent years, was designed for specific animation disciplines with input from the artists that would be using it. It was all part of Walt Disney’s desire to create an efficient utopian campus for animated film production. This book is a comprehensive overview of the Kem Weber designed Disney animation furniture that takes the reader on a journey from concept sketches and photos to interviews with legendary artists. David A. Bossert celebrates and details the form and function of this unique mid-century furniture and the impact it had on the Disney animation process over the decades.
Kem Weber, Architect, Furniture Designer + Art Director
At the time of his death in , Kem Weber was largely forgotten. Born in Berlin in to a financially well-off family, Kem Weber did poorly in school, preferring to work with his hands. Reluctantly, his parents arranged an apprenticeship with a cabinet maker. Weber then set his sights on becoming a designer. Modes and Manners was a success and when Barker Brothers opened a Hollywood store it featured Modes and Manners as well. Weber left Barker Brothers in
We've moved! Yale Artbooks blog posts are now available on blog. Among our exciting fall books is one about German-born American designer Kem Weber, whose fascinating life story rivals his outstanding design work in interest. Weber was fascinated by what he saw around him—especially the great skyscrapers. His stay would be brief, however.