Edward H. Fickett / Architect
California Moderne and the Mid-Century Dream: The Architecture of Edward H. Fickett, by Richard Rapaport
Meadowlark Park (1949) in Northridge is one of the master planned modernish ranch tracts designed by Fickett. It's estimated that he was responsible for 60,000 homes in his career and was dubbed "The Creator of the San Fernando Valley". In comparison, about 11,000 Eichler homes were built.
The Tech-Bilt Houses (1961) in La Jolla is a smaller tract, but all 97 have views of the ocean. He also designed the La Jolla Fashion Center (1969) and the La Costa Resort Hotel & Spa (1964) in the San Diego area.
Fickett designed a number of commercial projects, including Nebb's Restaurants (1955).
I wonder where all those Pacific Iron chairs went?
Krause House (1959) in Bel Air/Sherwood Park is an example of a Fickett custom home.
Apparently, he designed this great hanging lamp as well.
Alexander House (1951) in Palm Springs was designed for friend and colleague, George Alexander. Along with another Fickett custom light, are some Dan Johnson chairs, Architectural Pottery, Salterini tables and stools, VKG and Stan Hawk.
The Keating House (1960) in San Marino is another custom house, located a block away from the Huntington Library. Fickett deigned the lamp above the Sam Maloof dining set. The cabinet is also by Maloof. Fickett commissioned Maloof to do another cabinet in 1965. It was up for auction at LAMA, here.
Edward Fickett Home #2 (1955) in Beverly Hills. Fickett studied ceramics under Glen Lukens. As evident by the Fickett vase seen here, he could throw a nice pot. He also designed the mural above the fireplace.
Complete with a Mel Bogart for Felmore grate/andirons.
His interest in ceramics also explains a link to Doyle Lane and the confusion about this lot at Bonhams. These are obviously Doyle Lane tiles, but were described as "Edward H. Fickett glazed ceramic assemblage in artist's frame", from the Property from the Estate of Edward H. Fickett, F.A.I.A A. It only sold for $366. There's a bigger story here with with Fickett and Lane that will come out later. BTW, I actually own one of these VKG chairs from the Fickett estate which were part of the same sale.
Fickett also designed the ceramic mural here at the Plesset House (1959) in Malibu.
This is a book you should pick up, although I still can't figure out why the title has moderne with an "e"?