Tackett / Thursday

La Gardo Tackett for Schmid

Weed Pot / Wednesday

#WeedPotWednesday broke 200 today
Antonio Prieto via farnsworthmodern

Here are some really good ones...

Super sick Doyle Lane via rewirela

Early (1946) Harrison McIntosh via andrewmromano

Rose & Erni Cabat via cebthree
Nice pairing with Maxwell Yellen 

Another nice grouping via gonkedglookedslurped

A rock form via themodernera

I'm a sucker for rock pots.
This one, via rosecitymodern

I was showing off with all my Wayne Chapman pots.

Heath studio joined in too. 
Great one Tung!

Foreigners are also allowed.
Here's a Bernt Friberg via racomer2

Another Doyle Lane with San Miguel Island Buckwheat
via thesalmontrader (This guy knows his weeds)

To see all the #WeedPotWednesday posts, click here

Riki Watanabe / Modern Living

Riki Watanabe (1911 – 2013)
After graduating from Tokyo Higher School of Art and Design in wood crafts, Watanabe worked with Bruno Taut, a German architect who had fled to Japan to escape the Nazis. Although he was well versed in the modernist ideals of the Bauhaus, Watanabe wanted to translate them into the Japanese culture. In 1949 he started his own design studio. 
Watanabe was involved in the formation of many of Japan's important design organizations, including the Japan Industrial Designers Association (1952) and the International Design Committee (1953). Masaru Katsumie, Isamu Kenmochi, Yusaku Kamekura, and Sori Yanagi were fellow founding members of the International Design Committee, which became the Good Design Committee (1959) and later the Japan Design Committee (1963). 

Rope chair, 1952 - "A low-cost item of furniture that struck a balance between Japanese traditions (low-level seating and natural materials) and a contemporary aesthetic."
Source: Riki Watanabe: Innovating in Modern Living

Source: Riki Watanabe: Innovating in Modern Living

Source: Riki Watanabe: Innovating in Modern Living

So far, clocks are the only vintage pieces by Watanabe I've been able to dig up.

Q was the name of Watanabe's design firm

The cardboard Riki Stool (1965) for children and the great solid stool (1954) have been reproduced, but what's the fun in buying new stuff? His watch designs from the 2000s are also readily available. 
 Watanabe retrospective exhibition was held in 2006. It celebrated his 60+ years of design.    

Weekend / Stuff

The picking was tough on the home turf.

Tackett / Thursday

I don't usually straight up re-post things, but this is too good not to.
Joining @esotericsurvey for #tackettthursday with a little esoterica from our Archives. Tackett was apparently contracted by Girard to lead Herman Miller's short-lived Objects program.
This document opens.... "It is entirely possible that history will note the use of the word 'OBJECTS' as it is being used in the title of Herman Miller's newest division. It does indeed mark a new awareness of the significance of objects to our time. We who are aware of environment are excited by what Alexander Girard is telling us and showing us about objects. We are the first to understand that he is saying that objects are not incidental to our lives but primary and paramount. When Alexander Dorner used as his title for a book about Herbert Bayer 'The Way Beyond Art,' he accomplished the same function that Herman Miller accomplishes in using 'OBJECTS' to enucleate the work of Alexander Girard. From the moment of that inception our minds were able to meet a new point of departure and from that point forward 'OBJECTS' by Girard's definition became separated from an 'ocean of pretentiousness.'"
 Alexander Girard and La Gardo Tackett working together is just incredible.

Tackett / Thursday

La Gardo Tackett for Architectural Pottery

Orange County Courthouse / Richard Neutra

Orange County Courthouse / Central Justice Center by Richard Neutra (1968)
Local firm Ramberg & Lowrey worked with Neutra on the project.

Photo: Julius Shulman, Getty Research Institute

Neutra elements at this large institutional scale makes me realize that more is definitely not always more. 

Photo: Julius Shulman, Getty Research Institute

As evident in the model above, this used to be a reflecting pool.

This walkway used to be open.

They didn't bother to turn the sign around after it was covered up.


This used to be a reflecting pool as well.  At least here they tried to simulate water with the decomposed granite.

Photo: Julius Shulman, Getty Research Institute

Pierre Koenig / The Bailey House

The Bailey House (1958), Case Study House 21 by Pierre Koenig
The house was auctioned off by Wright in 2006. It sold for $3.1 million and the buyer was Gallery SEOMI. It now operates as their gallery for contemporary art. 

Photo: Julius Shulman, Getty Research Institute

 Photo: Julius Shulman, Getty Research Institute

Photo: Julius Shulman, Getty Research Institute

Photo: Julius Shulman, Getty Research Institute

The custom Gerald McCabe/Pierre Koenig music center cabinet from CSH 21 was up for auction last month at Sotheby's.
The estimate was $8-12k and it looks like it passed. In 2005 it sold for $16k. 
Gallery SEOMI should scoop it up and put it back in the house.

Source: Sotheby's

Along with the music center, the sofa and ottoman were all custom-made for the house by Gerald McCabe.
While I'm spending Gallery SEOMI's money, they should probably pick up one of the McCabe Silhouette as well. More on that here.

Photo: Julius Shulman, Getty Research Institute

Photo: Julius Shulman, Getty Research Institute

It doesn't get much better than this one.