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.
"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