Weekend / Stuff

Another Stan Hawk / Hawk house ash tray. 
More here.

Creative Playthings

Other than that, it was a tough weekend in the field: Raymor, Martz, Don Shoemaker and a pot.

Paul Palmer / TT

Tray Table by Paul Palmer for Bill Brewer Associates

In case you didn't believe me.

I live for stuff like this.
I also realize that I put the stand upside down in these pictures.  

Paul Palmer for Frank Bros.
Not the most exciting design, but cut him some slack, it was 1949. 
Palmer studied at the Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design in San Francisco. (He would later teach Furniture Design there.) He worked with designer Frances Mihailoff in San Francisco and designed furniture, interiors and store displays for Frank Bros. in Long Beach, CA.

Tackett / Thursday

la / gardo

Weed Pot / Wednesday

#WeedPotWednesday  is blowing up on Instagram! 
Well, not really, but there have been some good ones, like this beautiful Otto Heino
Via cebthree

Sweet blue form

No weed pot Wednesday would be complete without Doyle Lane

Purple Patrick Kennedy

The stylized set up

Glass weed pot by James Wayne

Doug Ayers wood weed pots
Via Ayers vase addict ayersfan

To see all the #WeedPotWednesday posts, click here

Doyle Lane / Summit

Doyle Lane Summit
featuring a panel discussion
and a book release and signing 
for the catalogue Doyle Lane: Clay Paintings 
Saturday, June 28th
2 PM at Reform Gallery

More on the exhibition, here.

Palm Springs Spa / Gone

The Palm Springs Spa (now The Spa Resort and Hotel) will be demolished within the next 18 months. The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians confirmed this at a recent meeting withthe Palm Springs City Council. The hotel is scheduled to close on July 8th. Apparently, this is a done deal.  
Photo: Julius Shulman, Getty Research Institute

Architects Donald Wexler, Richard Harrison and William Cody teamed up to design Palm Springs Spa Hotel in 1958.
Those Nelson benches are really cool. Too bad they aren't there anymore.
Photo: Julius Shulman, Getty Research Institute

Photo: Julius Shulman, Getty Research Institute

The reflecting pool and Architectural Pottery are long gone.

It's easy to miss, but there's an insane John Mason ceramic installation behind the bushes, to the left of the walkway.

The Mason sculptures can be seen in this cropped shot from 1961. 
Photo: Julius Shulman, Getty Research Institute

John Mason's work is included in the permanent collections of major museum. It's disgraceful how they've hidden them. 


City Councilman Paul Lewin asked the tribal council to save certain architectural features, like the concrete arched entryway. Agua Caliente officials will meet with local groups to discuss these sort of issues. I hope the Mason sculptures will be included in these talks.  These need to be saved! More here.
Another sculpture around the corner from the spa entrance.

Weekend / Stuff



Pile of Emil Milan
Read about him, here,

Ellamarie and Jackson Woolley light fixtures from the San Diego Civic Theater,1964.

Ellamarie and Jackson Woolley, San Diego Civic Theater,1964.
Photo: Courtesy of the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture via Culture Lust

Fulton Mall / Fresno

Earlier this month I stopped off at the Fulton Mall again.  I was on the way back from the Stan Bitters: Modern Primitive show at Heath in San Francisco. It's sad that in San Francisco they're honoring Stan's work and in his hometown of Fresno, the city is leaving it in a state of disrepair and are actually working to rip it out.
On March 28th a coalition associated with the 1000 Friends of Fresno filed a lawsuit in Fresno County Superior Court. The coalition, called the Downtown Fresno Coalition, challenges the City Council’s certification of an Environmental Impact Report on the proposed Fulton Mall Reconstruction Project. Read about the lawsuit filed to stop the destruction of the mall, here.  The court date is set for October and in the words of Stan Bitters....
The litigation has only begun and we need your continued help raising funds to see us through the legal process.
Donate here

Another dry Bitters fountain. 

The Falkenstein sculptures are still missing.  More on that here.

Jan de Swart

This may have been the only fountain that actually had water in it.

George Tsutakawa

I don't see a car on that sign.

More information on this potential disaster can be found here.

Donate here.

Visit Save the Fulton Mall for more information.

Eames / Miller House

To celebrate Charles Eames’ birthday today, the Miller House and Garden Collection posted some Eames-related items from their archive. The Millers purchased an Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman in 1977 for their Alexander Girard decorated Saarinen house (pic below). It looks like they got a deal too!
Source:  Miller House and Garden Collection

Too see all the Miller House Eames posts, click here.  There are some good ones. 
If you aren't keeping up with their Documenting Modern Living project, you're blowing it!