Random Year - 1958
Work on Britain’s first full length motorway, began on 24th March. During the 1960s, the remainder of the motorway was built to give London an unbroken link with Leeds.
The artist Mark Rothko was engaged to paint a series of works for the The Four Seasons restaurant in Manhattan in 1958. Accepting the commission, he secretly resolved to create “something that will ruin the appetite of every son- of-a-bitch who ever eats in that room.” Observing the r estaurant’s pretentious atmosphere upon his return from a trip to Europe, Rothko abandoned the project altogether, returned his advance and kept the paintings for himself. The final series was dispersed and now hangs in three locations: London’s Tate Gallery, Japan’s Kawamura Memorial Museum and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
TRAPEZE DRESS by Yves Saint Laurent.
Following the sudden death of Christian Dior in 1957, the 21-year-old Yves Saint Laurent began work as head designer for the House of Dior. The Trapeze dress was part of his Spring 1958 collection that brought him international fame.
One of Alfred Hitchcock’s best suspense movies, starring James Stewart and Kim Novak. The film’s reputation as a cinema classic is further enhanced by the special effects and promotional work by influential graphic designer Saul Bass.
Carry On Sergeant.
The first Carry On film premiered in August 1958. Many of the Carry On stalwarts were cast, with the notable exceptions of Sid James and Barbara Windsor. This film was not conceived as the start of a series, but its success spawned a run of over 29 further Carry On films.
Of interest to all lovers of mid- century modern design is Jacques Tati’s satirical take on modernity. His story centres on Monsieur Hulot, the beloved uncle of a nine-year-old boy who lives with his parents at Villa Arpel – a home where contemporary design, status, and mechanical efficiency come together to create a place that is impractical and ridiculous!
Designed by Arne Jacobsen for Radisson SAS hotel in Copenhagen. It is still manufactured by Republic of Fritz Hansen.
Opened in 1958 on the site of an old cinema that was destroyed in the Second World War, the planetarium seated an audience of around 330. For its first five decades of operation, an opto-mechanical star projector offered the audience a show based on a view of the night sky as seen from earth. It closed in 2006 as a separate attraction and is now part of Madame Tussaud’s.
Designed by Kenneth Grange, the Government’s first parking meters came into use in London’s Mayfair on July 10th.