Ken Isaacs and Carole Isaacs. Josh Henry Living Structure. 1974
Ken Isaacs is an American designer who directed the design department at Cranbrook Academy of Art in the late 1950s and appeared on the cover of Life in September 1962 as a leader of the “Take-Over Generation.” Several examples of his and his wife Carole’s living structures — hybrids of furniture and architecture — were inspired by and intended for their son Joshua Henry, whose arrival both rocked and reinforced the couple’s simplified lifestyle. The Josh Henry Living Structure was a matrix made up of two thirty-six-inch cubes — one for activity, with a table and sliding bench, and the other for “relaxation and renewal,” with a sleeping surface that could be adjusted to six different heights, a chalkboard face, and a porthole hatch. The entire system could grow with Joshua, include a playmate or overnight guest, and even host his parents for dinner.
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