GOOGIEART.COM DEBUTS WITH LIMITED EDITIONS
FROM ARMET & DAVIS ARCHITECTURAL ARCHIVES
SHERMAN OAKS, CA – Making its debut this month is GoogieArt.com, a Web site dedicated to the art and architecture of the Googie architectural style that heralded the emergence of the jet age in America. This exciting and progressive post-War period influenced innovative building designs that were often reflected in a favorite American dining establishment, the chain coffee shop.
Among the foremost architects of the modern Googie style (named after the restaurant chain’s distinctive design) were Armet & Davis, a Los Angeles-based architectural firm that became internationally known for innovative restaurant and coffee shop designs. Their work was often characterized by sweeping boomerang rooflines, round ball light fixtures, bright synthetic upholstery colors, unpainted rock walls, and white rock sloped roofs.
According to Alan Hess in Googie, Fifties Coffee Shop Architecture: “It was the prolific firm of Louis Armet and Eldon Davis that established the Coffee Shop Modern as a major popular modern style. Their work for several chains, including Bob’s Big Boy and Denny’s, colonized the style and its images throughout the United States and Canada.”
In addition to limited edition reproductions of the Armet & Davis renderings from the firm’s archives, GoogieArt.com offers a rich pictorial of the many building designs classified as Googie, as well as various links to historical, architectural and biographical information.