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Dansk Founder Theodore Nierenberg Passes Away, As Does Architect Charles Gwathmey

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July seemed plagued with death inside the design and architecture worlds and August doesn’t seem to be shaping up to be much better. This week marked the loss of two influential people from both sides of the fence. First was the passing of Charles Gwathmey, the modernist starchitect whose famous buildings dot the East Coast, including the Guggenheim Museum addition and the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard. Most recently, Gwathmey had completed an addition to Paul Rudolph‘s Art and Architecture Building, which unfortunately wasn’t very well received. Also this week, Theodore Nierenberg, the founder of Dansk International Designs, has passed away. The company, started in the early 1950s following Nierenberg’s trip to Denmark, was one of the reasons Scandinavian design was pushed so strongly into the national consciousness here in the US, getting clean lines introduced onto tabletops around the country. Here’s a drink held high in both of their honors.

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