A Handbook of California Design / 1930-1965: Craftspeople, Designers, Manufacturers

This new publication by LACMA is a compendium of 140 profiles of California designers and manufacturers.
It serves as a companion piece to their PST exhibition catalog, California Design, 1930-1965: "Living in a Modern Way".
Edited by LACMA curator Bobbye Tigerman with contributions by Staci Steinberger, Jennifer Munro Miller and Lacy Simkowitz.

The handbook is set up with a short biography and photo for each entry.
Here is the one Doyle Lane.

 Barney Reid's photo

The elusive Hawk House

A great photo of La Gardo Tackett

Olga Lee and Milo Baughman
 This is one of my favorite images in the book. 

 Connections and Collaborations inforgraphic from the handbook.  

This chart illustrates the common institutions, organizations and publications the designers in the handbook were associated with. 
The most common linkage is the Pasadena Art Museum's California Design exhibitions. This really does attest 
to the genius of those 1954 to 1976 California Design exhibitionsLACMA also included a number of designers who weren't in 
California Design like Mitchell Bobrick and Barney Reid. I would have also liked to have seen entries on some of my perosnal favorites
like Modern Color Inc,, Dorothy Schindele, Eugene Weston, Inco, Muriel Coleman, Harry Lawenda and Pacific Iron.  
I know every survey has a limit and I'm just being a nitpicker.  

LACMA continues to do great work in documenting California Design.
This handbook is really something that anyone who even has a remote interest in the subject should get. 
You can buy yours here.

Paul Evans / Designer & Sculptor

Paul Evans: Designer & Sculptor
Architecture and design writer Jeffrey Head has a great new book out on the east coast designer-craftsman.
The foreword is by Adriana Kertzer, with an introduction by longtime Evans collaborator Dorsey Reading 
and the afterword is by Richard Wright. Jefrey has put together a tremendous amount of research into the 
exploration of the life and work of Evans. The 220 photos are pretty great as well.  

Evans, the metalsmith craftsman. Rochester Institute of Technology Brochure, 1952

The showroom Paul Evans and Phillip Lloyd Powell shared in New Hope, Pennsylvania

Paul Evans, Phillip Lloyd Powell and Jens Risom for Designer's Inc.
I'm down for that.

Paul Evans and Phillip Lloyd Powell stereo cabinet

Sculpted panel, 1965 

Sculpture 

Sofa, 1964


Door knocker for Directional, 1964
Jeffrey does a great job exploring Evan's relationship with Directional, which began in 1964 when he replaced Paul McCobb.  

Directional, Patchwork, 1969

In the 1970s Evans was doing this kind of thing for Directional. This seems pretty far removed from 
his 1950s designer-craftsman roots. Then again, disco was on its way. I get it.

You need this book. You can order it here.

Palm Springs / Modernism Week

Richard Neutra Kaufmann house.


For the second year in a row, Funkis has set up shop at the Palm Canyon Galleria for the entire month of February.
Ken has the good classic modern stuff.

These Otto Kolb lamps don't show up very often.

This fiber and metal sculpture is insane. 
You still have a week to visit Funkis. 

Peter Voulkos fat head stack pot.
This was at the The Palm Springs Fine Art Fair.   


George Rickey at the The Palm Springs Fine Art Fair.  
There was also one at the Modernism show, but that's a story for another day.
This booth also had a $16 million dollar Jackson Pollock drip painting on opening night. 

These things are freaky real.

Really freaky

The Taliesin booth at the Modernism show had models of the structures built by architecture students. 
They actually live in them while studying at Taliesin. This particular structure is by John Lautner. 
I asked if Paolo Soleri built one and they told me he got kicked out of Taliesin too fast.

Speaking of Wright, the Oasis Tower, on Palm Canyon in downtown Palm Springs, was by his son, Lloyd Wright.  
I wish more cities used this sort of projection for architectural sites.

1972 BMW 2002 tii

Lamborghini Espada. 
Hey, is that Massaki from California Chair?

Albert Frey / Studio 111

Just in time for Palm Springs Modernism, Studio 111 pulled out a collection of Albert Frey furniture. 
The set was custom built for the Palm Springs home of Frey's longtime lover and friend, Elise Wolfe.


The collection includes a globe lamp, a signature piece in many of Frey's residential projects. 

There's the switch.

Frey Residence II


There are blueprints and photos that document the source.  They can be seen here above the Frey desk.
Considering the time period and the intimate relationship with the owner, Frey probably
sketched out some important projects at that desk.   

Custom wall-mounted desk lamp.

Elise and Albert


That's Mr. Frey to you. 1949


Limboman in action.  He'd love to sell you some Albert Frey furniture.