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Mary Lund Davis: A champion of modernism in the Pacific Northwest

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Mary Lund Davis: A champion of modernism in the Pacific Northwest Mary Lund Davis: A champion of modernism in the Pacific Northwest

Mary Lund Davis: A champion of modernism in the Pacific Northwest






The architect and furniture designer helped define regional style As an architecture student at the University of Washington in the early 1940s, Mary Lund Davis stood out. Not only would she go on to become the school?s first female graduate after World War II, but during long stretches of her education she was literally the only one in her class, as her fellow students had been called off to war. She recalled doing classwork in the dark because the windows at the school were covered in blackout curtains.
While school may have been a more solitary pursuit for the modern architect and designer, her timing was perfect. Graduating during a time when others in her profession were developing a uniquely Pacific Northwest form of modern architecture (featuring extensive use of unpainted wood and asymmetrical layouts), Mary Lund Davis began her career during a time of progressive experimentation, creating striking homes around Puget Sound.

Biography
Born to Danish parents in Sacramento, California, Mary Lund was exposed to the building trade by her father, who ran a construction business and often showed and explained blueprints to his daughter.
?My father firmly believed that a woman could do anything that a man could do,? Lund said in a 2002 interview. A prolific artist, designer, and sailor?Lund competed in races across the country?she took that advice to heart.
Lund pursued her interest in design and architecture, arriving at the UW campus in Seattle during the tenure of professor Lionel Pries, a pioneering regional modernist who encouraged a generation of students to fuse local influences and the International Style. Lund would make lifelong professional and personal connections at school, meeting her husband, George L. Davis Jr., whom she married in 1951, as well as becoming acquainted with many of the architects who would define the midcentury look of postwar Seattle, including Paul Kirk. After school, Lund apprenticed and worked at a number of influential local firms in the late ?40s, including Moore & Massar, Chiarelli & Kirk, and Thomas, Grainger & Thomas, before striking out on her own.
After her husband inherited his family?s cabinet-and-furniture shop, the Tacoma Millwork Supply Company, Lund found herself with access to a lab of sorts, in which she could experiment with furniture designs. The couple went on to modernize the firm, as elaborate and ornate woodwork had become passe, introducing laminates and computer-aided design into the practice.
Lund specialized in cabinets and storage space??it influenced everything I did afterward,? she said?even contributing dozens of do-it-yourself furniture designs to the Douglas Fir Plywood Association, which sold books including Lund?s designs across the country. In 1962, Lund designed a new office for the family firm, an award-winning, 2,000-square-foot post-and-beam building with, naturally, a plywood finish.

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