When you hear the words "Playboy magazine," I doubt you think about modern architecture.
But maybe there's a link between modernism and the sexual revolution.
A new exhibition makes the arresting argument that the pages of Playboy (at least the non-centerfold pages) were inspired by, and helped to popularize, the sculpted and sleek designs of such mid-20th century architectural giants as Eero Saarinen and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. And Chicago, which was Playboy's headquarters before the company decamped for Southern California, was at the center of this story.
Before founding the magazine in 1953, Hugh Hefner walked the city's streets late at night and gazed...