What are you working on now?
New York-based architect Lee Mindel received his Master of Architecture from Harvard after obtaining his B.A., Cum Laude with distinction at the University of Pennsylvania. He worked for the New York architecture firms of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and then Rogers, Butler, Burgun, before forming the firm Shelton, Mindel, & Associates with Peter Shelton in 1978. Since the formation of Shelton, Mindel & Associates in 1978, the architects have strayed from the dictates of their modernist training to avoid the trappings of a signature style. Their formal explorations steadily oscillate between the "modern" and the "traditional," directed in each cast toward a carefully wrought simplicity. In addition to the firm’s architecture and interior design expertise, it has a product design division with collections for Knoll, Waterworks, Jack Lenor Larsen, V’Soske, and Nessen Lighting. Shelton Mindel & Associates is the recipient of 17 AIA awards for interior architecture, three design awards from the Society of American Registered Architects, a Progressive Architecture citation, three Roscoe awards for product design and most recently the 2004 American Architecture Award from The Chicago Athenaeum. The American Institute of Architecture, the National Academy of Design, and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts have exhibited the firm’s work in both traveling and permanent exhibitions. Both Peter L. Shelton and Lee F. Mindel have been inducted into the Interior Hall of Fame, and in 2000 Mindel became a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.
Question: What are you working on now?
Lee Mindel: I always find the idea of the next project the most interesting thing if there ever is one you are always nervous but what we have we are lucky enough to work on a very big scale and very small scale. So we like working for Noel [phonetic] as we are doing furniture in a very small scale eight chair. The chair is the hardest thing to do. Because it stripped down to the very basic thing. Its lack of ornament, it has to function, it has to have ergonomics and it involves a kind of three dimensional explorations that is very disciplined and also delivering at a certain cost for a certain thing is a very interesting challenge. A faucet for water works Peter had worked on inventing new values for water works and its that kind of thing from ---- we are doing a museum now. Lots of residences all over the world and corporate work and hotels and stuff like that, but I would say every challenge is interesting and I wouldn’t ---- it’s a continue warm of whole thing. We have done airplane, we have done ocean liner all kinds of things and each one represents different challenges.
Recorded On: 6/1/07
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