Christmas Cards from Famous Architects

Bob Borson —  December 19, 2013 — 22 Comments

It’s that time a year again … I’m starting to run out of ideas and my office is flooded with greeting cards wishing us a ‘Happy Holiday’, ‘Merry Christmas’, or ‘Seasons Greetings’, therefore it’s time for Christmas Card foolishness!  I seem to be one of the few people who actually love getting Christmas “update” cards from people. It’s fun to see how people have aged over the last 12 months, and to hear and see about the adventures of their families and businesses. Going through my daily stack, I got to wondering …

What would the holiday cards from my favorite “Master Architects” look like?

I had fun thinking about it, but during my hunt for photos, I started to wonder what sort of holiday captions could I put on these cards? If I drank more while I was writing these posts (and these Christmas cards), I’m quite sure they would be a lot funnier (and probably a lot dirtier – some days I wonder what is wrong with me..)

I also don’t know why I made all these architects so cranky … seriously, what IS wrong with me? So pour yourself an egg nog (I personally like my egg nog with scotch, hold the egg nog) and try to enjoy these stupid cranky post cards.

Architect Marcel Breuer

Architect Marcel Breuer

Architect Alvar Aalto

Architect Alvar Aalto

Architect Paul Rudolph

Architect Paul Rudolph

Architect Carlo Scarpa

Architect Carlo Scarpa

Architect Leon Krier

Architect Leon Krier

Architect Phillip Johnson

Architect Phillip Johnson

Architect Le Corbusier

Architect Le Corbusier

Architect Mies van der Rohe

Architect Mies van der Rohe

Come up with your own caption in the comment section at the end … you might come up with one that I think is so funny that I’ll send you a t-shirt for making me laugh.

Merry ‘almost the last day of work before’ Christmas … besides, I know you aren’t really working today.

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  • Andrea_Gros

    I enjoyed your “what if” Christmas cards. Here are my takes on some of them… Have a wonderful Holiday!

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  • Jess Hopkin

    Peter Eisenman: “I’ve sent you a Christmas card this year, but I don’t believe it requires a greeting” (House 6, originally no bathroom, clients had to argue for one)

  • kArno

    Corbusier says ” cubism this Picasso! “

  • Mark Mc Swain

    /Sacre’/ PJ is dressed (probably the reason for the pout) and Corbu is not–l’horreur l’horreur!

    FLW would send a sketch laid out with a grid, sheets of material to make the cars, and envelope (the Apprentice will bring skrim, panits, and block patterns), also all the loose lwetters to spell out a pithy Welsh Yule & Hogmanay greeting.

    Macintosh would hand-make wood-fibre paper, then basket-weave it into pattern that would reveal the greeting only at certain angles.

    Greene & Greene would have an elegantly-jointed card, with an elaborate scene and script in a mix of carving and staining, and the envelope would be pegged to the frame, and the whole assembly would still weight less than an ounce, so as to need only an orfinary stamp.

  • SaxonHenry

    Corb says, “When the shark bites, he gets the slay, not the presents!” [I do know it's spelled sleigh.] I hear Bobby Darin crooning “Auld Lang Syne” in the background. How’d I do?

  • Ollin Trujillo

    Yeah I was going to say something like,
    Mies says “less is more”, so I’m not sending you a card this year.

    or you could send someone a crumpled wad of paper as a frank gehry christmas card! :)

    • Mike

      I was trying to think of something for Gehry..that was a good one Ollin.. How about a card, that when opened a bunch of toothpicks fall out… “Oh look, Peter Eisenmen’s latest building”

      • Mark Mc Swain

        Hmm, Gehry would come up with something that had a reactive liquid with a with a self-contained bio-battery, sandwitched between sheets of art glass. None of the dimensions would fit within stock USPS envelope or parcel dimension (which would be moot for not passing the USPS test of “Nothing liquid, fragile, reactive, or organic”.
        It would be universally praised by everyone who did not have to buy or ship one.

  • Brad Feinknopf

    We can never forget Mies reminding the children, “Less is More”!

    • http://www.lifeofanarchitect.com Bob Borson

      yes – that would have been very clever “Less coal is more”

      • http://www.facebook.com/Konstantine.P Kostas Polichroniadis

        if “less is more” then “nothing is everything”!
        simple math…

        • http://www.lifeofanarchitect.com Bob Borson

          genius!

          • Brad Feinknopf

            Kostas, you certainly one upped me. :-) Now, try telling that to my too boys! LOL

        • http://www.facebook.com/Konstantine.P Kostas Polichroniadis

          ok, got it… I now have to make it a t-shirt image, huh??? :-)

  • Mike

    How about a picture of Richard Meier with a big smile on his face, and the caption reads…..”I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” ho ho ho

    • http://www.lifeofanarchitect.com Bob Borson

      Does Richard Meier smile?

      • Mark Mc Swain

        I’ve heard it’s possible, but you need very sophisticaed animation software les you get [404] and [runtime] errors. :)

  • Kerry Hogue

    actually I am working today, a bit anyway. and tomorrow as well.
    One famous architect that you overlooked. His greeting might be: “Do as I say, and let me tell you a story about proper design and documentation process. And oh yea, have a happy holiday!”

    • http://www.lifeofanarchitect.com Bob Borson

      I’m “working” today and tomorrow as well. Actually, these last two days are sort of a mad scramble to clear the decks prior to being off for the next two weeks!

      Happy Holiday to you as well!