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  • 05/28/17--09:19: Tackett / Thursday

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  • 05/29/17--19:29: The Barn / A. Quincy Jones
  • There is a New England style barn on Santa Monica Blvd in Los Angeles. It was originally designed in 1950 as a photographer’s studio. 

    In 1965, A.Quincy Jones (seen here) purchased the building and remodeled it after his home burned down. He referred to it as “the Barn.” It was his home and workplace until his death in 1979. His wife Elaine continued to live in there until 2009.
    Source:  Julius Shulman, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles 

    1966 interior with Eames and other Herman Miller as far as the eye can see.

    Source:  Julius Shulman, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles

    1966 and more Eames

    Source:  Julius Shulman, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles

    Source:  Julius Shulman, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles

    Here was in the scene in 2002, with some David Cressey/Rober Martin planters for Architectural Pottery. The pots went up for auction at LAMA in 2010, after Elaine moved out of the house. 
    Photo: La Times Magazine via An Eclectic Eccentric

    This Eames Hang-it-all , a gift from Ray, from the Barn was also part of the same LAMA sale

    Photo: Toshi Yoshimi, Via Dwell

    In 2009 the Barn was purchased by the Annenberg Foundation, so it's in good hands.

    Photo: Minardos Group, who did some restoration work under Fredrick Fisher and Partners

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  • 05/31/17--09:16: Weekend / Stuff
  • 1950s chair by The Inco Company

    John Risley

    This exit sign looks very similar to the one at the Sea Ranch Lodge.
    Supergraphics at Sea Ranch were designed by Barabara Stauffacher Solomon.

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  • 06/06/17--20:20: Paul McCobb / Wright
  • On June 29th, Wright will hold the first auction dedicated solely to Paul McCobb.  
    Much of it comes from the collection of Reform Gallery.

    Pavilion Collection room divider, model 6000, by Arbuck
    Paul McCobb designed a lot of pieces. The simple geometry of the Pavilion collection is at the top for me.

    1953 Arbuck catalog

    Pavilion Collection chair, model 6550, by Arbuck

    Seagrass and iron. So good.
    Magazine rack, model 6521 for Northcraft Lighting Co. USA, 1951

    McCobb's lighting designs are some of his best work, and the hardest to come by.

    This one, produced by Excelsior Art Studios USA in 1954, might be his best.

    Yes, he designed radios too. 
    CBS-Columbia USA, 1955

    All images via Wright
    See the rest here.

    And make sure to check out all the period documentation links. 
    It's a goldmine!

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  • 06/07/17--07:46: Weekend / Stuff
  • Pepe Mendoza from Mexico and a stool from Ecuador

    La Gardo Tackett and Sori Yanagi

    California studio pottery, including Susan Peterson, Hal Fromhold, Ira Bates, Bernard Kester and Wayne Chapman

    Raymond Loewy

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  • 06/15/17--14:29: Weekend / Stuff
  • George Nelson bubble and Nathan Lerner Chair (1947)

    Ernesto Gismondi for Artemide (1975) and Alvin Lustig 

    Russell Woodard Sculptura rocker

    Ball-B-Q (Canadian Design- That's right Canada)  and Barwa 

    Good thing I bought that new old stock Barwa cover a few months back.


    Rose Cabat in a sweet Granny Smith 🍏 glaze.

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  • 06/15/17--12:52: Tackett / Thursday

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  • 06/21/17--00:01: Paolo Soleri / HBD
  • Happy Birthday Paolo

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  • 06/21/17--06:09: Arline Fisch / Mingei
  • ARLINE FISCH – One of a Kind, at the Mingei International Museum is a retrospective of the artist's work, curated by Christine Hietbrink.

    Secret Chambers, 1976
    Photo by Katie Gardner

    Photo: Lynn Fayman

    Chased and fabricated sterling silver with repoussé, 1971. This one isn't in the exhibition.
    Source: Smithsonian American Art Museum

    Feathers, 1974
    Photo by Katie Gardner

    The exhibition runs until January 7th.

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  • 06/21/17--20:44: Weekend / Stuff
  • It was a great weekend for iron, including a Victor Bisharat table. I'm not making the mistake of selling this one. See here.

    Gross Wood


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  • 06/22/17--09:44: Gross Wood / Good Design
  • Alexander Girard hovering over three Gross Wood bowls. That's Edgar Kaufmann Jr holding a cup. It was taken at the 1952-1953 Good Design Exhibition, held at MoMA New York.
    Source: Museum of Modern Art

    Esther and Gross Wood bowl, complete with a Good Design label.

    Catalog for the exhibition.

    Product shot from 1953

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  • 06/27/17--19:09: Weekend / Stuff
  • Very big David Cressey

    Smalls, including a very small Vivika and Otto Heino cup

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  • 07/04/17--20:14: Neutra / Darling
  • In 1937, the first redwood-clad house by Richard Neutra was built in San Francisco. Otto Winkler assisted on the project. The Pacific Heights house was built for Dr. Darling.
    Photo: Julius Shulman, Getty Research Institute
    The redwood house is now a red house. Other than that, it looks intact.

    This tree wasn't  there in 1937.

    Does that look like 80 years of growth?

    Photo: Julius Shulman, Getty Research Institute

    Photo: Julius Shulman, Getty Research Institute

    Neutra was busy in 1937. Over a dozen projects were built, including The Davis House and The Strathmore Apartments

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  • 07/06/17--09:06: Weekend / Stuff
  • Andrew Bergloff at my favorite rest stop

    Jane and Gordon Martz lamps for Marshal Studios

    More Tackett and a lookalike

    Picked up another Russell Woodard Sculptura rocker

    I have a thing for these Japanese clocks

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    The Bobertz House (1953) by Craig Ellwood is one of the best homes in San Diego and it is available for sale.
    It's not on the MLS. Visit Modern San Diego for more information.

    Weasley is not included.

    Better photos, like this one by Darren Bradley, can be seen at Modernist Architecture

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  • 07/12/17--14:29: Weekend / Stuff
  • Carl Koch rocker

    Serge Chermayeff for L. Anton Maix Fabrics

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  • 07/13/17--17:11: Tackett / Thursday
  • La Gardo Tackett and Eames

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  • 07/19/17--23:11: Weekend / Stuff
  • Jack Boyd critters and an Eames LTR 

    David Stewart and Edmund Ronaky

    Ceramics by Akio Nukaga and wood by Hideki Takayama

    Lamps by Gerald Thurston

    Laurel and a Danish duck

    1970s Mies van der Rohe for Knoll. 
    It sold fast. 

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  • 07/25/17--10:20: Frank Lloyd Wright / PHX
  • In 1949, Frank Lloyd Wright was Commissioned by the Southwest Christian Seminary to build a University on 8 acres in Phoenix, AZ. The design was complete and made public in 1950, but the bible college shut down and the project never started. Wright died in 1959, but his widow allowed the plans to be used for the First Christian Church. It was completed in 1972. The bell tower was built in 1978.

    The moody monsoon skies.

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  • 07/27/17--17:44: Weekend / Stuff
  • Milo Baughman for Murray "Fibre" chair and a table he designed for Arch Gordon

    Kinetic sculpture by Russell Secrest

    Carl Aubock

    Giorigio Belloli chair

    Alvar Aalto Chair 69

    More iron!

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  • 08/02/17--19:47: Weekend / Stuff
  • Lamp by Ridi & Otto Kolb 


    Paul McCobb and stuff

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  • 08/07/17--21:44: John Mason / Sculpture
  • John Mason: Sculpture 1958 - 1964
    Curated by Frank Lloyd

    Vase, 1958

    The other side of the same vase

    Peter Voulkos, John Mason, and Paul Soldner at Otis Art Institute in 1956. Peter and John would share a studio space just a couple years later. 

    Image courtesy of Soldner Enterprises and Stephanie Soldner Sullivan via

    John Mason installation at the Ferus Gallery patio, 1957. This was the first of two Mason solo exhibitions held at the gallery.

    Mason at Ferus in 1959

    Mason at work in 1960

    Source: Photo: Robert Blacknum via Kayne Griffin Corcoran



    Orange Cross, 1963


    Or maybe 1960, according to the 1966 Abstract Expressionist Ceramics exhibition catalog

    White Cross, 1964

    White Cross

    Late 1950s - early 1960s

    The exhibition ends August 26th

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  • 08/08/17--17:41: Weekend / Stuff
  • These guys

    More Eames


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  • 08/16/17--07:41: Weekend / Stuff

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  • 08/21/17--21:53: Expo 70 / Noguchi
  • In 1970, the World Expo was held in Osaka, Japan. 

    The theme of the Expo was "Progress and Harmony for Mankind." The symbol was Tower of the Sun, by Taro Okamoto, which still stands.

    Most of the buildings and pavilions have been demolished. 

    The main reason for me going to the park was to see the nine fountains designed by Isamu Kenmochi. He was invited by Kenzo Tange , who was in charge of creating the master plan for the Expo.
    The fountains are still there, but they don't seem to be functioning. 

    Source: arch2o

    Nebula and Comet

    You better believe that I took a paddle boat out to get a closer look.


    Noguchi also designed a model for the U.S. Pavillion, but it wasn't built.

    However, some other forward thinking structures did get built, like the Expo 70 Tower. As mentioned earlier, most have been demolished. 

    Unlike some former expo sites, such as New York or Seville, that have been abandoned and forgotten, the Osaka site is Expo Commemoration Park. There is an Expo 70 museum, and a number of other museums, like the Mingei-kan, and the grounds are incredible. I spent a full day there. I'll do another post on the rest of the park. Hopefully it won't take me almost a year, like this one did.