Milton Glaser: Top of the World
Dinnerware from the Windows on the World in Rago’s May Modern Design Auction
11 May 2017
Milton Glaser, one of the most celebrated graphic designers in America, made history in 2009 when he was awarded the National Medal of Arts - the first artist to ever receive this honor for graphic design.
Glaser is perhaps most famous for his iconic “I 'Heart' NY” design, which he is said to have conceptualized in the back of a taxi on the way to a meeting. He later gifted the design to the city to be used as part of an organized effort to increase tourism in the 1970s.
Among his other notable designs are the Brooklyn Brewery logo, the highly-collectible 1966 Bob Dylan Greatest Hits poster, and the logo font for New York magazine, a publication he co-founded in 1968.
In 1976, Glaser was enlisted to design décor and table settings for the state-of-art Windows of the World restaurant atop the World Trade Center.
Developed by restaurateur (and CIA Hall of Fame inductee) Joe Baum and modernist architect/interior designer Warren Platner, the restaurant occupied the top two floors of the WTC’s North Tower, overlooking the majestic New York City skyline. At the time of its destruction in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Windows on the World was the highest grossing restaurant in the United States.
Milton Glaser and his studio designed everything from dinnerware and rugs to lighting fixtures and menus for the world-famous destination restaurant. Lots 2211a-d from Rago’s upcoming Modern Design Auctions on 5/21 present fine examples of Glaser’s graphic designs from the restaurant’s early days.