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  • 04/06/17--17:23: Weekend / Stuff

  • Pipsan Saarinen Swanson

    Victor Bisharat, Architectural Pottery and Seymour Robins

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    Print Culture: Midcentury Modern Graphic Design
    Curated by Dave Hampton
    Art Gallery - 9th Floor,  San Diego Central Library

    Barney Reid and Kay Whitcomb silkscreened textiles 


    At least the war machine used to have good graphics

    The defense industry was a huge client for the creatives at the time. 

    War machine architecture

    Convair Astronautics by Pereira & Luckman

    Convair Astronautics by Pereira & Luckman. It's long gone.  

    Photo: Julius Shulman © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles

    Armin Richter was a great 1950s interiors shop in La Jolla

    Bob Matheny sculpture, as seen on the cover of Psychology Today. Definitely not a sleeper. 

    Bob Matheny is smart

    A wall of exhibition posters by and for some of San Diego's greatest artists.

    Gary Imhoff, a student of Richard Allen Morris, had his first art show at the age of 13.

    The art prodigy is still around in San Diego and has been known to show up at openings dressed as a clown.  This is strangely a true story. 

     A Modernism San Diego Meetup group has formed and the first outing was the exhibition.

    The exhibition curator, Dave Hampton

    The exhibition runs until May 7, 2017

    Photo: Stacy Keck

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  • 04/11/17--17:54: Weekend / Stuff
  • David Stewart

    Wayne Chapman

    I now have a hanging friend for Malcolm Leland

    Don Shoemaker

    Roland Smith lamp with the early metal ball counterweight

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  • 04/17/17--21:36: Dome House / Soleri Mills
  • The Dome House, 1949, in Cave Creek Arizona, by Paolo Soleri and Mark Mills. Both were former apprentices under  Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin West.  The house was commissioned by Lenora Woods, who would soon become Paolo's mother-in-law.
    I've been near the house in the past. However, this time I wasn't just snooping. Docomomo hosted a tour, which was led by Director of Paolo Soleri Studios, Roger Tomalty.
    Source: Julius Shulman © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute

    The ribs of the dome were constructed with war surplus materials.

    Source: Soleri: Architecture as Human Ecology by Antonietta Iolanda Lima

    The initial design had an opaque section that was manually rotated for shade.At some point the rotating mechanism broke, so the top has been modified to shield the sun. The cooler was added and now doesn't function. It would be great to see it removed. 

    Source: Julius Shulman © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute

    This was worth the drive to Arizona.

    The floor is intarsio, which is  not paint, but colored cement poured into grooves that were carved out of the concrete slab floor.  

    Not super stoked to have visitors.

    Source: Julius Shulman © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute

    The shower.  I had never heard of this before, but that's an early Dick Seeger panel.

    This panel was added at least ten years after construction. 

    The Seegers visiting the Dome House in the late 1950s. 

    Source: Arizona Designer-Craftsmen: In the Beginning, by Dave Hampton

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  • 04/19/17--07:52: Weekend / Stuff
  • Jewelry by San Diego enamelist and silversmith, James Parker.

    Table with a planter



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  • 04/25/17--11:33: Bart Prince / Architecture
  • Bart Prince Home and Studio (1984), in Albuquerque, New Mexico 
    I was there in December.

    The masonry tower was added in 1990. It serves as the library.

    Prince is a native of Albuquerque. He studied architecture at ASU and worked with Bruce Goff, including assisting Goff on with the Pavilion for Japanese Art at LACMA. He completed the design and supervised the construction after Goff's death.
    Soleri bells = Bart is in the know.

    The rear of the house.

    Another Prince project is located next door.

    This is Bart Prince in front of his house, where he still lives. In September, a burglar broke in and shot Lee Wilson, who lives with Bart. He survived the shooting and hopefully he's doing well. Read the horrible story, here.

    I hate to end on a negative thing, so here is another Prince project- The Price Residence in Corona del Mar.

    Source: Bart Prince

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  • 04/26/17--09:14: Weekend / Stuff
  • Alvar Aalto

    John Keal for Brown Saltman

    The red knob makes it.

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  • 05/03/17--12:34: Roswell / Architecture
  • The Wilshire Shopping Center (1964) by Robert Walters in Roswell, New Mexico

    The center has a number of sculptures by New Mexican artist, Herb Goldman

    Sadly, the Goldman sculpture seen here is no longer there.

    Image: Road Arch

    Janus (1964-65) sand-cast concrete sculpture by Herb Goldman (1922-2012) 

    See more work by Herb, here  

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  • 05/04/17--06:58: Weekend / Stuff

  • Japanese lamp

    Eames, Alexander Girard, Herman Miller

    Clay, including Myrton Purkiss and Amy Donaldson

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    Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia at The Berkeley Art Museum

    The exhibition explores the counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s and its impact on art, architecture, and design.

    J.B. Blunk and Lenore Tawney

    The sign should have read Reform. The Landing/Reform has long been championing Blunk for over a decade and featured Tawney in an exhibition last year.

    Gorilla Graphics and Kamikaze Design, 1970

    The 50s modernists failed at creating a utopia with the Le Corbusier approach, so the hippies went small.

    Ettore Sottsass architectural concepts from the early 70s

    The Post-Modernist attempt at utopia took the hamster tube approach. So much cuter than the rat race.

    It reminds me of L. Frances Smith Elementary School (1969) by John M. Johnson.

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  • 05/10/17--06:58: Weekend /Stuff
  • Bulmore and Kurt Versen on Japanese tables

    The build quality of Bulmore lamps is incredible. This thing is so heavy! Dudley Bulmore and his son Robert ran the San Francisco company.

    Jun Kaneko cup

    Japanese metal

    Soleri special assembly bell

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  • 05/15/17--21:53: LAMA Auction / May 2017
  • LAMA Preview for the May 21 Art and Design auction

    Here we have a Van Keppel Green table and a KEM Weber Airline chair for Disney

    Claire Falkenstein ceramic sculpture from 1939

    Ken Price cup

    Ken Price cup on paper

    Greta Grossman

    Monster Beato mural above a monster Nakashima cabinet

    Nice tie in with the Natzler pieces below their former student's work. 

    George Nelson Catenary Group. A set like this doesn't show up very often. 

    Emerson  Woelffer and Jerome Kirk

    Richard Allen Morris

    Alvin Lustig chair for Paramount Furniture. They were made to order and about 50 were produced.
    This should be interesting.

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  • 05/16/17--08:04: Weekend / Stuff
  • Arthur Umanoff side tables, La Gardo Tackett, and a bench from Japan

    Stilux Saturn Lamp from Italy

    Jerry Glaser Bowls

    Hans Wegner Papa Bear Ottoman


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  • 05/24/17--09:01: Weekend / Stuff
  • Wood and Japanese


    Serge Chermanoff for L. Anton Maix Fabrics

    Vivika + Otto Heino and La Gardo Tackett

    Gerald McCabe

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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