General Lighting Company / Case Study

The Visionease by General Lighting Company 

Arts & Architecture (1949)

Louis Danziger designed this ad, which ran in Arts and Architecture in 1949. 
The Marv Rand photo was taken in Case Study House 8 (The Eames House), while it was under construction.  

Merit specified for the Case Study House Program 

J.R. Davidson House (1950)
Source: Julius Shulman © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute



Ladislav Sutnar design for General Lighting Company

Source: MoMa


Although we know some great designers worked on the graphics for General Lighting, many of the lamp designs are just credited to the General Lighting Company, with no specific designer named. That's often the case when in-house designers are used.

One of those in-house designers was the company's president, Harry Handler (I bet that name was rough in junior high). 
He designed several versions of this gooseneck lamp for his company. 
 
There is a notable exception with this sconce design by George Nelson in 1947.


And this George Nelson design from 1947.

Source: Wright (Up for auction now!)


Nelson also designed this solid rod three arm version of the lamp. It was included in two different Walker Art Center publications, in 1949 and 1950.

So back to this lamp. 
Was Nelson's contribution the third "straight" arm, or did he design the Visionease as well?

Weekend / Stuff

Ceramics, including Wayne Chapman and Kenji Fujita

Wood totem

Is anyone missing a Neutra table?



Weekend / Stuff

The Coloring Toy (1955) by the Eames Office. Deborah Sussman is responsible for much of the package design. The hands coloring on the box belong to Sansi Girard (Alexander's granddaughter).
Photo book documenting the Herman Miller plant on 4131 Redwood Ave in Los Angeles

Yep, more iron

Well done iron

Textiles

Smalls

Tackett / Thursday


Young and Remington / Kallas

DeLeeuw / Kallas House (1965) by Young and Remington (John H. Remington and Leroy A. Young)


Carl M. DeLeeuw commissioned Young and Remington to build the house.

Carl was a WWII veteran who was awarded a Bronze Star and Medal of Honor. 

Source: RS Honor



Betsy and Lewy Kallas are the second owners of the house. As you can see, they have an amazing collection.
The house couldn't have landed in better hands. 

All the vintage photos were passed on to Lewy from the DeLeeuw family.