Please come hear a lecture about John Vassos on September 10 at 11am at the Enoch Pratt Library in Roland Park - part of the Writer's Live Series. It is a special place for a lecture since I did a bunch of editing for the book at this beautiful library in leafy Roland Park. John Vassos has a special connection to Baltimore since it was at the Sheppard Pratt hospital where he got the idea for his book Phobia. He was visiting a friend who had a nervous breakdown and who was being treated by psychoanalyst Harry Stack Sullivan. They became friends and Vassos consulted with him on his 1931 limited edition masterpiece. If you come to my talk, you will hear about this and the incredible drawings and designs for radios and televisions that made John Vassos one of the most important industrial designers of the 20th century. Click here for more information about the talk. My book John Vassos: Industrial Design for Modern Life, the first ever biography of John Vassos, will also be for sale.
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Danielle Shapiro, is a writer and author of the first biography of John Vassos, modernist Greek-American industrial designer - John Vassos: Industrial Design for Modern Life.