In 1938 Walt Disney started construction on his new animation studios in Burbank California. As construction progressed Disney was thinking about the interior spaces and furniture that would be used throughout the facility. One of the pieces he turned to was the chair he had commissioned in 1934, the Airline Chair. An iconic design bridging the space between art deco and what would become mid-century modern.  Produced in limited quantities for Disney, this chair was used throughout the Disney studios, in areas ranging from meeting rooms, to screening rooms to lounges.

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In 2009 Disney collaborated with Los Angeles designer Cory Grosser (Grosser teaches multi-disciplinary design at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA.) to update the original 1934 Airline chair. Grosser drawing inspiration from the past, while looking to the possibilities of current materials, and fabrication techniques created a stylish update to a classic icon. The Airline_009 is constructed from solid cdc milled walnut which helps create a more refined visual line to the frame of the chair. Another added benefit is lightness. The milling process maintains strength while allowing for a light thinner frame to be built. Unlike the original, the cushions on the new chair are injected polyurethane foam covered in Napa leather.

The new chair has a  nice contemporary look to it without discarding the heritage from which it grew. I’m sure Walt Disney would be happy with this.

Tron Legacy Promotional Time-Lapse.

I think this video has been around for awhile but I just stumbled upon it this morning.

To promote Disney’s film Tron Legacy, End of the Line, and Distillery Productions shot this time-lapse video of a 60 meter long mural being painted over a 4 day period of time in London. The shoot took place back in January, and was done with 2 Canon 5D MK2 cameras and a specially constructed 3D rig built by Inition. For full info on the project click here.




Get Your Tron On. Projection Mapping Queen Elizabeth Hall.

I seem to be on a projection mapping kick these days. Maybe it’s because there seems to be so much of it around as of late. If you happen to be in London in the month of December, you might want to stop by Queen Elizabeth Hall and check out the Tron Legacy projection mapping that is being hosted by Disney in conjunction with HP. The projection map is choreographed to the soundtrack by Daft Punk, and features images and motion graphics tied directly to the architectural topography of the building. Also, inside the building is a recreation of Flynn’s Arcade which includes the original TRON arcade game, the model Light Cycle, the TRON: Evolution video game and an HP Demo area with new HP ePrint Technology that can be used to print the photos taken at the event directly via email.