Radakovich / Documentary


A feature length documentary film project chronicling the lives and work of Toza and Ruth Radakovich is in the works. 
The film, Forging Love and Wearing Sculpture - "A Cold War love story thriller and a view into the the American mid-century arts and crafts revolution."  has just launched a fundraising campaign to support a cross country filming expedition. 
Jean Radakovich (right), daughter of Toza and Ruth, seen here with Verma Nequatewa, the niece of famed Hopi jeweler Charles Loloma is the force behind this project. Traveling with her is, Klaus Flouride, bassist of the 1980s punk band, The Dead Kennedys. Also, Joan Zeno, a ceramic artist and photographer and girlfriend of Toza's after Ruth died. And, Edmundo Marroquin, a Spanish metal smith who worked on many of Toza's sculptures from 1961 until he retired in the 1980s.
In 2011, Boomerang for Modern hosted a showing of artwork by Ruth and Toza. The event also provided a setting for material that will be used in the documentary. More about that here
More about the documentary and Kickstarter campaign can be found here

Tackett / Thursday

La Gardo Tackett for Freeman Lederman

Weekend / Stuff

John Risley leaf table

Sculpture (1983) by Russell Forester
More on Russell can be found here.

Stuart Pharmaceutical / Stone

Stuart Pharmaceutical Company (1958) by Edward Durell Stone, with landscape design by Thomas Church.

Pasadena entrepreneur Arthur Hanisch hired Stone and Church to design a factory on the nine acre site. The building was selected by The American Institute of Architects as one of the five best designs for 1958.



The hanging discs are planters, although none of them are planted.  




The employee recreation area, including patio furniture from Brown Jordan (they were based in Pasadena at the time). 
Source: Julius Shulman via Pasadena Digital History Collaboration

Photo: Julius Shulman, Getty Research Institute

Photo: Julius Shulman, Getty Research Institute

1958
Photo: Julius Shulman, Getty Research Institute

The site in 1990. 
Stuart Pharmaceutical Company was acquired by Merck/Johnson and Johnson in 1991. The property was put up for sale soon after. It was purchased by the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority in 1994. At several points it was under threat of demolition, including a plan by the Metro to turn it into a surface parking lot for transit riders. Squatters took up residence at the deserted building and scavengers stripped anything of value from the property. Preservationists worked to get the building listed on the National Register of Historic Places, which happened in 1994.  
Preservation architect Robert Chattel was hired to do an adaptive reuse of the dilapidated building as part of a $54 million apartment complex project: The Stuart at Sierra Madre Villa. This included 188 units of rental housing and a performing arts center, designed by Architects Orange. 
This is a success story in terms of how architectural preservation and redevelopment can coexist. The Durell building in front of the apartment complex is the common area for residents. The landscaping, lighting, and the original pool have also been saved.  There is also a walking path to Gold Line light rail.
Image: BRE Properties 
Time, March 31, 1958 
That looks like The Stuart behind him.
Source: Time

Weekend / Stuff

Hanging lamp by Raul Coronel

Table and stuff

CA Design / 6

California Design 6 (1960)
I'll fill in the numbers later. In the meantime, you try. 




Tackett / Thursday

 THINGS
La Gardo Tackett / Freeman Lederman

VKG / Babes

Babes on Van Keppel Green - 1947

Complete with an issue of Arts & Architecture from August 1944. Cover by Ray Eames.
The magazine is a bit old considering the photo shoot was in 1947







Weekend / Stuff

 James Lovera, Tom McMillin, Evelyn Ackerman, Architectural Fiberglass/Architectural Pottery by John Follis

The James Lovera is such a good one!

Eames CTW

Tackett / Thursday

Fish by La Gardo Tackett

Time / Life

The 48 story Time & Life Building is  at 1271 Avenue of the Americas (6th Avenue) in Rockefeller Center, NYC.
It opened in 1959 and was designed by the Rockefeller family's architect, Wallace Harrison.
The exterior is really not much to look at, but the interior was incredible.

There is also a Josef Albers installation in the lobby: Portals (1961) carrara glass, nickel bronze and bronze
Portals was installed in 1961 and is 42 feet wide by 14 feet high

Also in the lobby, is Relational Painting #88 (1959) by Fritz Glarner
Source: Lost at E Minor

Relational Painting #88 detail
Source: Blake Gopink

Charles and Ray Eames designed this reception area. 
Source: Time

Another view
Image: Eames Design, Neuhart

Coincidentally, when I was putting this post together, Herman Miller posted a blueprint of the desk above for #blueprintwednesday on Instagram
Source: Herman Miller

The Time-Life Lobby furnishings by Charles and Ray Eames
Source: Eames Office via Eames Designs 


Gio Ponti designed the auditorium on the eighth floor.
Image: Artribune

Interior of the auditorium..lots of Ponti
Source: Time

JFK cruising through
Source: Time

Finn Juhl
Source: Time

Hans Wegner
Source: Time

The largest commercial tenant in the building's bottom floor was La Fonda del Sol, designed by Alexander Girard
Alexander Girard model for the restaurant.
Source: ALEXANDER GIRARD by Todd Oldham & Kiera Coffee

La Fonda del Sol was a happening place
Source: ALEXANDER GIRARD by Todd Oldham & Kiera Coffee

The restaurant closed in 1971
Source: ALEXANDER GIRARD by Todd Oldham & Kiera Coffee

The building is now just a shell of its former self. In May of this year, Time Inc. announced that after 55 years it was even moving out of the building.
Source: Time