LBC / Interpace

Southern California Edison building in Long Beach, CA
I thought the building had an Edward Killingsworth look to it, but Nate Cole from Unique California Property sent out the KBS bat signal and confirmed that it was not a Killingsworth, Brady, Smith and Associates project. Although, in 1970 KBS did design a building in Huntington Beach for Southern California Edison that was never constructed. I'm guessing this building came about a couple years before that. 

Those are Interpace tiles. This particlular pattern was designed by Harrison McIntosh.
I'd like to thank the American Museum of Ceramic Art for confirming that. 



In 1962, Gladding, McBean & Company merged with Lock Joint Pipe Company, forming International Pipe and Ceramics Corporation, or Interpace. Millard Sheets was hired as a consultant to Interpace in 1963. Big names in ceramics, like Harrison McIntosh, Rupert Deese, Jerry Rothman, and Dora De Larious were hired as designers for the company. Henry Takemoto was hired as a full-time dinnerware designer in 1969. Ken Price served as a consultant in the research & development group. This line up was insane!
The Interpace line was selected by the Pasadena Museum of Art for their biannual design show in 1968. 
Source: California Design Nine

Speaking of California Design, this light design by Wayne Compton and Associates was shown in Ten. 
Two of them are located in the building's parking lot.

Lighting fixtures by Wayne Compton and Associates for Kim Lighting, Inc. 
Source: California Design Ten

This lamp post was also in California Design Ten.

Another lighting fixture by Wayne Compton and Associates for Kim Lighting, Inc. 
Source: California Design Ten


Tackett / Thursday


Ackerman / Hand in Hand

The book signing for Hand-In-Hand at Reform Gallery was quite an event.

 The authors, Dan Chavkin and Lisa Thackberry, and Jerome Ackerman were on hand (ha) to sign books. 

Evelyn and Jerome

Enamel by Evelyn and JENEV ceramics


Jerry Ackerman with Gerard (Reform Gallery owner). 
Gerard is the like kid who gets to hang out with his favorite ball players. Though in this case he's a California fan, not the Yankees. 

This was after the crowd thinned out quite a bit.  At one point, people were spilling out onto the street.


Here's the book.

It was a book signing after all.

I'm pretty jealous of Jerry's California Design catalog collection. I need that top one.

The book has tons of process-related ephemera and historical images.

Dan and Lisa did a fantastic on the book. I highly recommend getting a copy.
More information can be found at Pointed Leaf.

Weekend / Stuff

Herbert Bayer, lighting and teak

Alvin Lustig

General merchandise
My favorite thing from the weekend is the Japanese stand.

My Jean Balmer rock has a new perch.

Schindler / Bonhams

A Rudolph M. Schindler painted douglas fir and frosted glass floor lamp from the Wolfe House, which was demolished in 2002. 
It's part of the Bonhams: 20th Century Decorative Arts and Design auction.


Wolfe House
Source: Schindler by David Gebhard


Ethel Wolfe in her living room
Source: The Furniture of R.M. Schindler by Berns/Gebhard

Charles Wolfe
Source: The Furniture of R.M. Schindler by Berns/Gebhard

The demise of the Wolfe house was a long and sad saga. David Leclerc recounts his experience with the house from 1996 to 2001, here.. The house was condemned by that time and was being used by squatters and such. The custom Schindler furniture was piled up in front of the house.  According to the description in the Bonhams catalog, the lamp was acquired from the Wolfe House (basically a dumpster dive).
Ultimately, someone bought the house and scraped the land to built a piece of junk that can be seen here.
Photo: LA Forum




The person who consigned all the Schindler lots lived in the Walker House from 1955 to 1984. Along with furniture from the house is a lot of photos from the former owner. 

Stool/table from The Walker House


Furniture from the Walker House

The table above, in the Walker House

Desk organizer from the Walker House

Walker House (1935-36)
Source: Schindler by David Gebhard

Walker House
Photo: Julius Shulman, Getty Research Institute

There is other stuff in the auction too, like Eames.

..and Prouve and Eames

Dan Johnson 

James Prestini


Nakashima 


 Peter Shire


Wall of Natzler

Tackett / Thursday

La Gardo Tackett change pockets