Tackett / Thursday


Hutchinson / Studio

This is where Mabel and Milon Hutchinson used to crank out all their great works in wood.

It's good to see the window guys left some of Mabel's work up.

Mabel working on a an assemblage at what is most likely the same building.
Source: Creating Modern Furniture by Dona Z. Meilach

Window panel detail

Wooden Door by Mabel Hutchinson, at “The Door,” Museum of Contemporary Crafts in cooperation with U.S. Plywood, 
September 28 - November 3, 1968, photo courtesy Shirley J. Adams

Milon Hutchinson working on one of his turned wood objects. His wife Mabel used excess pieces from his 
work to create her assemblages
Source: Creating Small Wood Objects as Functional Sculpture by Dona Z. Meilach

Wood objects by Milon
Source: Creating Small Wood Objects as Functional Sculpture by Dona Z. Meilach

Weekend / Stuff

Sometimes the findings are slim, so this weekend my big score was a 

On a related note, this Friday exhibition curator Dave Hampton will be giving a lunchtime lecture on Jennings. 
Details can be found, here.

Boomerang / 28

Boomerang for Modern is celebrating its 28th anniversary this year.
In honor of the occasion, owner David Skelley and his partner Kurt opened up their home for a little anniversary party.  They have a collection that few can top. I have the sneaking suspicion David has been skimming off the top at Boomerang for the whole 28 years!  I could probably do a month or two of posts on all the insane design David and Kurt get to live with, but roaming around taking pictures of it all probably would have been poor party etiquette. Not to mention I didn't want to be the guy who looked like he was casing the place.
Needless to say, David has been a central figure in the San Diego mid century modern scene before there was actually a scene to speak of. The guests at the party were an indication of this long history. I'm not sure how I got in with this crew but there were museum folks, owners of a Killingsworth case study house and a Neutra house, major collectors and just all around nice people who happen to be into good design. Also included in this list of people David has befriended over the years is Malcolm Leland. Although he wasn't at the party in person (he lives in Arizona now), his work is well represented at David and Kurt's house. The tile piece above, installed in the path leading to the rooftop garden, is one of many examples.  
Here is a Leland maquette for a sculpture proposal for the American Cement Building.

It was never built. Too bad, because it would have been a nice complement to the building's legendary facade 
which was also designed by Malcolm. Not that the Natzler bowls aren't already an indication of this, but when someone
has a copy of Objects:USA on their shelf, they know what the good stuff is. It's an pretty accurate test. Try it out 
at the next party you go to.

Then there are the Leland Space Banks. They have all three designs in all three colors--pink, green and white. They also have a 
Leland fruit bowl, AP lantern, candlesticks and a great sculpture that was exhibited in Santa Barbara.  It's obvious their friend Malcolm 
holds a special place in their collection. I'm pretty sure there is at least one of his designs in every room of the house.

It all began in this 11' x 9' shop in 1985.

The 30th anniversary is just around the corner and Boomerang is still coming up with great stuff. 
 I also know firsthand that David doesn't keep it all for himself. I've  been able to buy some great things at 
Boomerang over the years and I'm sure there's more to come.

Image: Boomerang

Opdahl House / Killingsworth

I was out stalking architecture in Long Beach again.
Opdahl House by Edward Killingsworth, 1957

 A quote from Beautiful Homes and Gardens in California,
"Mr. Opdahl had bought a lot in the city, 30 by 80 feet, flanked by ugly buildings, a lot with strong overtones of claustrophobia" 
The house being flanked by ugly buildings is still very true.

I usually like the cars in the vintage shots better. In this case, I'd take the Defender. 
Photo: Beautiful Homes and Gardens in California

Lots o' Scandinavian design..zzzz
Photo: Beautiful Homes and Gardens in California

Photo: Beautiful Homes and Gardens in California

Photo: Beautiful Homes and Gardens in California

Photo: Beautiful Homes and Gardens in California

By the early 2000s, the Opdahl house was in bad shape. The restoration is documented at Unique California Property 

The "after"
Photo: Dwell

Photo: Dwell

C. Carl Jennings / Mingei

C. CARL JENNINGS, CALIFORNIA ARTIST-BLACKSMITH Guest-curated by Dave Hampton. Opens today.
The Mingei and Hampton really outdid themselves on this one. 

I'm just throwing out a couple teaser shots.  The exhibition has a ton of insane work by Jennings. 
Darren Bradley took the photos of the Jennings house that are on display in the exhibition. 

I bet you never knew blacksmithing could be so cool.

The exhibition catalog, Struck by Modernism C.Carl Jennings California Artist-Blacksmith, 
was written by Dave Hampton

More information can be found on the Mingei's website

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Ray & Charles / August 21

Charles and Ray Eames both died on August 21st. 
Charles died in 1978 and Ray died on the same day exactly 10 years later in 1988

Charles and Ray in LA, 1941
Image: Eames Office

Palos Verdes / Architecture

Wayfarers Chapel, Palos Verdes, CA by Lloyd Wright (Frank Lloyd Wright Jr.), 1951 and 1954
It's a memorial to Emanuel Swedenborg

"Architect Lloyd Wright has put together a new king of church--a sparkling enclosure of glass framed in the modern equivalent of Gothic tracery and carrying the glass further than the Gothic builders ever carried it--up into the roof." Architectural Forum 1951

“When the trees that surround the Chapel grow up, they will become the framework, become a part of the tree forms and branches that inevitably arise from the growing trees adjacent to it. I used the glass so that the natural growth, the sky, and sea beyond became the definition of their environment. This is done to give the congregation protection in services and at the same time to create the sense of outer as well as inner space.” - Lloyd Wright - A Visit with the Architect, 1974 via Wayfarers Chapel

Concrete with rocks, just like his dad.

Landscape lamps

Photo: Julius Shulman, Getty Research Institute

Photo: Julius Shulman, Getty Research Institute

Believe it or not, Palos Verdes High School was designed by Richard Neutra, 1962. 
Not one of his best projects, although he did have to contend with Palos Verdes zoning codes which require pitched tile roofs. 

Shulman was even struggling to make this one to look good.
Photo: Julius Shulman, Getty Research Institute

Awe, "spider legs"

Photo: Julius Shulman, Getty Research Institute

Oh Juilus and those fake branches.
Photo: Julius Shulman, Getty Research Institute

Just up the road from Palos Verdes High is the Beckstrand house by Neutra, 1937-40

Neutra hid the required pitched red Spanish red roof with parapets as a workaround.
This 1700 square foot all steel 3BR house was up for sale last year for $2.75 million.  It's hard to tell if it sold.
Here is some listing information from Curbed LA
Source: Julius Shulman. Neutra. Complete Works by Barbara Lamprecht, Peter Gössel

I wonder what happened to the Neutra chair and VKG? 
Photo: Julius Shulman, Getty Research Institute

This original built-in desk from the Beckstrand house was up for auction at Sotheby's in June of this year.  
That is not a good sign for a house perched on prime real estate in Palos Verdes Estates. 
I hope this isn't another mcmansion in the works. 

Image: Sotheby's