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Dieter Rams / Braun

Dieter Rams/Braun exhibition at JF Chen
Curated by Daniel Ostroff, with exhibition design by Clare Graham

Dieter Rams TP 1 and T 3 radio. These are rare!
The first iPod is obviously based off the T3. Actually most Apple designs borrow heavily from Dieter Rams.
If you don't believe me, read this.

TP 1 in action. To really see it in action, check out this video.

Source: MoMA

Braun SK 4 or "Snow White's Coffin," designed by Rams and Hans Gugelot

The Vitsoe shelving by Dieter Rams was provided by the company. They have a new showroom in Los Angeles

The stools are Stapelprogramm 740 for Vitsoe, 1973

Atelier 1 Audio System. That stand is rare. This and many other pieces are on loan from Future Forms.

My stereo is hanging out here for a while. 

The Joel Chen motto is More is More. 

The grinders and toasters

The poster was designed by Gary Hustwit. His documentary film on Rams should be out later this year.  Read more here.

The exhibition is ending soon, so make sure to get over there fast. 

Colonial / Modern

Do you remember these string tables? They came from the estate of a gentleman who was an industrial design professor in Pasadena during the early 1950s. The mix of modest materials, simple construction and clean lines hit all the right notes for me. I sold them a while back, which I sort of regret. However, they landed in good hands. 
Designer C.S. Valentin incorporated them into a project for a 19th-century sea captain’s house on the South Shore of Long Island.

The tables look a lot happier here than they did languishing in storage. 

Read the full story on Remodelista.

Dieter Rams / JF Chen

Dieter Rams at JF Chen 
The opening was last week, but there were so many people, it was hard to take good photos. This is the only one I could get. I'll be going back. The exhibition was curated by Daniel Ostroff. They amassed a great collection, including some extremely rare examples, like the TP-1. 

Weekend / Stuff

Smalls, including Marg Loring and Anton Blazek

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Albert Frey / Lina Bo Bardi

Albert Frey and Lina Bo Bardi: A Search for Living Architecture, at the Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center.
The exhibition explores the lives and work of Lina Bo Bardi and Albert Frey. The two immigrated from their home countries. Frey from Switzerland to the United States in 1930 and Bo Bardi from Italy to Brazil in 1946. They never met, but the exhibition makes the case that there was a connection. Bo Bardi did translate Frey’s book, In Search of a Living Architecture, for Domus magazine. Beyond that, the connection is more about their work and the similar approach to changing how architecture influenced the way people lived. The exhibition also includes examples of furniture by the architects.
Lina Bo Bardi, "Bowl" Chair

A chair modified by Albert Frey, for his 1964 home, Frey II

A couple of years ago I saw them in situ. 

More on Frey II can be found here.

Lina Bo Bardi, "Bola De Latão" Chair

Lina Bo Bardi, Bardi House (Casa de vidro), São Paulo, Brazil, 1949-1952, Photo by Nelson Kon, 2002

A. Lawrence Kocher and Albert Frey, Aluminaire House, 1931. Photo by Palmer Shannon, ca. 1931 

Source: Special Collections, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation via Palm Springs Museum

Albert Frey cabinet. Way before Judd got into square furniture.

Collection of Brad Dunning

Albert's tools

Elrod on the Rolodex

The exhibition is part of the Getty's Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. It runs until January 7th, 2018

Weekend / Stuff

Lots of pots this weekend, including Doug Ayers and Susan Harnly Peterson.

I found these two together. During the 1950's and 60's  at UCLA, Bernard Kester (right) studied and worked under Laura Andreson (left).  They have the same clay body too. They need to stay together.
Myrton Purkiss and an enamel by Studio Del Campo