A Modern Affair

On May 13, DOCOMOMO New York/Tri-State welcomes aficionados of mid- century Modernism to a special evening with a rare glimpse of the Edgar J Kaufmann Jr. Conference Center, designed by renowned Finnish architect Alvar Aalto (1898–1976). A Modern Affair supports the work of the DOCOMOMO New York/Tri-State chapter and celebrates the 50-year milestone of the Center, which is one of only four Aalto-designed projects in the United States. The architect used his beautifully-refined signature elements—gentle curves, bent birch wood details, cobalt porcelain tile and sculptural lighting—to transform the 12th floor of the Institute of International Education’s headquarters into an intimate gathering space. These features exemplify Aalto’s distinctive Scandinavian interpretation of the International Style, which is heightened by views of the United Nations through the east-facing window wall and from an outdoor balcony.


Event Details:

  • When: 

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014
    6:00 P.M

  • Where: 

    The Edgar J. Kaufmann Conference Center
    809 United Nations Plaza
    New York, NY

  • More information: 

    Event website.

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