JB / ML / SB

Jean Balmer, Marg Loring lantern and Stan Bitters

Tackett / Thursday

Think / Halloween Pumpkinhead by Maz

Martha Longenecker / Mingei

The craft world lost an important member yesterday with the passing of Martha Longenecker. 
The founding president and director emerita of Mingei International Museum was 93.
Along with starting the Mingei, Martha was was an artist-craftsman in ceramics and an educator.

Read more here and here.

Image: San Diego's Craft Revolution by Dave Hampton

Herman Miller / Wright & Wrong

Isamu Noguchi IN-62

Sam Grawe wrote a great article on the Herman Miller WHY blog. Along with Richard Wright, he explores some experimental 
Herman Miller designs that have passed through Wright auction. This includes some pre-production, limited production, 
custom designs, bastardized concoctions and some pieces that are a mystery.   

Read it here.

Mystery Herman Miller table



California's Designing Women / Exhibition Catalog

A MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA DESIGN (MOCAD) catalog for their exhibition at The Autry Museum in Los Angeles.
Written and edited by Bill Stern, with contributions by Pat Kirkham and Jeff Weinstein. 
Photography by Larry Underhill. Book design by Felis Stella.

Marilyn Kay Austin / Architectural Pottery

The catalog includes biographies, photos of objects, and period resources for the designers who were in the exhibition.
MOCAD worked with many of the designers and/or their families to provide information that can't be found anywhere else.
A lot of great research went into this. I highly recommend getting a copy. 
Order yours here

Muriel Coleman

Evelyn Ackerman
Photos of the exhibition can be found here.

Weekend / Stuff

Fish again? 
La Gardo Tackett / Quistgaard

Hal Fromhold 

Hans Wegner

Good Design

Robeson Cutlery was selected for Good Design more than once. They're listed in the 1950 and 1954 Good Design catalogs
and possibly others.

Front page news in Perry, New York


Tackett / Thursday



Continental Cup- FR
La Gardo Tackett



Library / Art

After 30 years of waiting, the new San Diego Central Library is finally open.
Even though I can see the R2-D2 dome from my window, I haven't been inside since it opened a few weeks ago. 
Luckily, architectural photographer Darren Bradley and local art authority Dave Hampton have made it inside

Darren took a great set of photos that can be seen on his blog, Modernist Architecture.

Dave has written a piece for KPBS's Culture Lust about the art on display:

Richard Allen Morris pointing at a Russel Baldwin painting in the new library.
Photo: Dave Hampton

Edward Durell Stone / Beckman Auditorium

Beckman Auditorium by Edward Durell Stone, on the Caltech campus in Pasadena, 1964







The model
Image: Architectural Record, 1962 


Jack Rogers Hopkins / Archive

Jack Rogers Hopkins, 1972 at Archive in Laguna Beach, CA

 Archive always has great stuff, but this is ridiculous.





Neutra / Mariners Medical Arts

Mariners Medical Arts Plaza by Richard Neutra, Newport Beach, 1963

 The medical plaza directory, 1964
Image: Julius Shulman Photography Archive, Getty Research Library




The beds with the river rocks were originally reflecting ponds.  

Image: Julius Shulman. Neutra. Complete Works by Barbara Lamprecht, Peter Gössel


Dental examination room...nice
Image: Julius Shulman. Neutra. Complete Works by Barbara Lamprecht, Peter Gössel

Image: Julius Shulman Photography Archive, Getty Research Library

The missing staircase seems a little dangerous.






Image: Julius Shulman. Neutra. Complete Works by Barbara Lamprecht, Peter Gössel