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JB / ML / SB

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Jean Balmer, Marg Loring lantern and Stan Bitters

Tackett / Thursday

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Think / Halloween Pumpkinhead by Maz

Martha Longenecker / Mingei

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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

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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

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CALIFORNIA'S DESIGNING WOMEN: 1896–1986 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 yourshere
Muriel Coleman
Evelyn Ackerman Photos of the exhibition can be found here.

Weekend / Stuff

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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

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Continental Cup- FR La Gardo Tackett


Library / Art

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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. Photo: Darren Bradley
Dave has written a piece for KPBS's Culture Lust about the art on display: Which Artist Has The Most Work On View In New San Diego Library?
Richard Allen Morris pointing at a Russel Baldwin painting in the new library. Photo: Dave Hampton

Edward Durell Stone / Beckman Auditorium

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






The model Image: Architectural Record, 1962

Jack Rogers Hopkins / Archive

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Jack Rogers Hopkins, 1972 at Archive in Laguna Beach, CA
Archive always has great stuff, but this is ridiculous.




Neutra / Mariners Medical Arts

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Mariners Medical Arts Plaza by Richard Neutra, Newport Beach, 1963
 The medical plaza directory, 1964 Image: Julius Shulman Photography Archive, Getty Research Library Via HISTORICAL RESOURCE ASSESSMENT OF THE MARINERS’MEDICAL ARTS BUILDING



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 Via HISTORICAL RESOURCE ASSESSMENT OF THE MARINERS’MEDICAL ARTS BUILDING
The missing staircase seems a little dangerous.





Image: Julius Shulman.