Tackett / Thursday

Crazy legs Tackett

Taliesen / San Diego

Model by Sim Bruce Richards
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Legacy in San Diego: the Taliesin Architects at the La Jolla Historical Society frames the remarkably rich portfolio of work with architectural drawings and models; period and contemporary photographs; as well as objects and ephemera.

Furniture by Sim Bruce Richards

Sim Bruce Richards children's table and sofa.

Tile prototypes by Sim Bruce Richards and Rhoda Lopez 
The table was designed with a "milk-retaining edge".

Jane Chapman pillows

Loch Crane rendering for Crane II in Point Loma

The Onion House by Kendrick Bangs Kellogg and Bill Slatton in Kona, Hawaii (1961–62)

Vincent Bonini, Bonini House (La Cañada, CA), 1955
Vincent was fiends with Eugene Weston, who lent him furniture for this Julian Shulman photo shoot--hence the Weston table. He would later join the firm of Liebhardt & Weston in San Diego. More information can be found at Modern San Diego. 
© J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10) 

Vincent Bonini, Bonini House (La Cañada, CA), 1955
That also looks like a Eugene Weston table in the living room. Plus, there's a pair of Maurice Martine tables. Perhaps the same tables Eugene used in the house he did in Malibu a couple years earlier?
© J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10) 

Vincent Bonini, Robert Henry Residence (Pasadena, CA), 1950
VKG for days

When talking about the Frank Lloyd Wright's legacy in San Diego, there is of course his second son (and apprentice), John Lloyd Wright. He invented Lincoln Logs and lived and practiced architecture in Del Mar until his passing in 1972. His work in San Diego spanned on and off from 1912 to 1972. 
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Legacy in San Diego: the Taliesin Architects at the La Jolla Historical Society Wisteria Cottage galleries runs until January 17, 2016. Wisteria Cottage is located at 780 Prospect Street in La Jolla.  Public hours are Thursday – Sunday, 12:00 noon – 4:00pm.  Admission is free. More information: La Jolla Historical Society
Congratulations to Keith York (Modern San Diego) and the La Jolla Historical Society for putting on a fantastic exhibition. This is a great example of Keith's passion and hard work in documenting modern architecture in San Diego. 

Weekend / Stuff

Sori Yanagi and Tony Paul
Slim pickings, but I'm not complaining.

Frank Gehry / Museum of California Design

The Museum of California Design will present Frank Gehry with the Museum’s Henry Award for his outstanding contributions to American design -- will include the installation, Frank Gehry: Forty Years of Product Design 1972-2012, the first-ever survey exhibition of Gehry-designed furniture, lighting, jewelry and objects. The event will be hosted at JF Chen.
More information and tickets can be found at MOCAD.
A related article can be found here.

Weekend / Stuff


50's Plywood

PS Modernism / Fall

The Fall Palm Springs Modernism Show was held at the Palm Springs Air Museum.

l really liked this David Shaner hanger

Space 20th Century Modern - Eames and Max Gottschalk

Weekend / Stuff

Boyd, Cressey, Heath, and AP

Japanese Lamp

David and Gladys Wright House / Preserved

The David and Gladys Wright House (1952) by Frank Lloyd Wright

The house was originally designed in wood, but Frank's son David, who commissioned the house, was in the concrete block business. Pops agreed to the change. The spiral design is a precursor to the Guggenheim Museum in NY. 

The pool, which was part of the original design, will be reinstalled. So will the planter boxes on the ramp.

Source: (Courtesy of the Frank LloydWright Foundation) via the application for landmark status. 

Wright adapted the design for the carpet from of a series of Liberty Magazine covers in 1926-28 entitled "March Balloons". The rug in the house now is a replacement. Ling Po, Frank Lloyd Wright's chief renderer and graphic artist, who drew the March Balloons rug based on Wright's sketches was used to remake it. The original sold at LAMA in 2010 for $20K. It ended up with film producer and FLW collector, Joel Silver. The original furniture was also removed from the house, but exact replicas have been made.

The master bedroom, complete with a bronze chalice by former Frank Lloyd Wright student, Paolo Soleri.

Ramp to the roof.

The view of the guesthouse from the roof.

The guesthouse was built a few years after the main house. 

A planter designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and Warren McArthur for the Biltmore Hotel resides in the guesthouse.

The original desk in the guesthouse.

The view of the main house from the desk above. 

I took this photo in March of 2013. The house was in bad shape and was about to be torn down by developers to make way for a number of mcmansions. The house is now in good hands and preservation efforts are in full swing. The David and Gladys Wright Foundation has been set up to preserve and maintain the house in perpetuity for educational and cultural uses.
Some neighbors are upset about the plan to use the house as a museum and education center. Interestingly enough, billionaire Peter Sperling, the head of the parent company of University of Phoenix, is one of the most noted opponents of the project. I guess it makes sense that he thinks education is a commercial activity. 
San Diego architect Wallace Cunningham, who studied at Taliesen, is working with the foundation on a design which limits the impact on the site and neighborhood. The proposed education center, museum, event space, cafe and bookstore will all be located underground. A long term lease has also been signed to secure parking in the adjacent church, which is accessed off of Camelback Rd. This means visitors won't be driving into the neighborhood. Learn more about the issue and schedule a tour with The David and Gladys Wright Foundation.
Show your support for the Historic Preservation application filed by the David and Gladys Wright House Foundation, here.