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Weekend / Stuff

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It was a pretty good weekend. Ellamarie Woolley, Jack Boyd, some Eames toys ,George Nelson, Timo Sarpaneva, Van Keppel-Green, and La Gardo Tackett.Jack Boyd
Ellamarie Woolley

Weekend / Stuff

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La Gardo Tackett for Architectural Pottery, with the original stake. 
Although this is the first survivor I've seen, I would love to get more. They look great in a group. As seen in the Architectural Pottery catalog. 
Knoll aluminum planters and a great 1930s lamp. 

Richard Neutra / Claremont Methodist Church

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Claremont United Methodist Church (Originally Claremont Methodist Church) in Claremont, CA by Richard Neutra and Robert Alexander (1959) and rebuilt by Dion Neutra (1968). I was in Claremont this past weekend and my friend Danny at Modern for All asked if I had ever been to the Neutra church in town. I hadn't, so off I went. With fires nearby and pandemic restrictions in place, I was just expecting to do a smokey drive by. However, there was a car parked in front when I arrived. With camera in hand, the lady in the car asked if I was there for the architecture. After asking me a series of health questions, she invited me in--masked up of course. She turned out to be the Lead Pastor, Rev. Karen Clark Ristine. Coincidentally she used to live in San Diego. Rev Clark gave me five minutes to take photos of their beautiful church. The original sanctuary was completed in 1959. Trademark Neutra touches like spider legs and clerestory windows are evident in the design. The walls are asymme…

Weekend / Stuff

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Isamu Kenmochi stool, Rosenlew kannellinen vuoka by Timo Sarpaneva and a Oiva Toikka Nuutajarvi bird.

March 1950

San Diego /Design Week

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San Diego Design Week is an annual five-day series of events that celebrates interdisciplinary design in our region through talks, studio tours, workshops, and self-guided tours. In 2020 we’re exploring the theme of Design+. 
There are a ton of free events that look super interesting. Here is my short list:


EPHEMERA AS EVIDENCE: MODERN SAN DIEGO GRAPHIC STORIES
Ephemera as Evidence is an ongoing investigation into San Diego midcentury print culture. This video conversation with Dave Hampton and Bill Perrine examines two printed objects from the early 1960s: Guy Williams’ artists’ book “Poems for Painters,” and a complete deck of illustrated “Space Cards” made by the Art Department at Convair Astronautics Division of General Dynamics. These artworks come out of vibrant and distinct creative subcultures, one being a community of bookstores, independent publishing, poets and painters, and the other a world of scientific research, military-industrial contracts and space exploration, where ma…

Weekend / Stuff

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Freeman Lederman owl, DanskSlim pickin's

Southwestern College / Onion

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Mayan Hall (1968) at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, California is on the chopping block.  The planetarium (1967), along with almost every other original building on the campus are all slated to be demolished as part of the college's Facilities Master Plan. The plan has been nominated for an Onion in The San Diego Architecture Foundation's annual Orchids & Onions.   
The project started in 1961 with local architect George Foster heading the design. Foster was born in National City and was the Sweetwater High School District architect. He also designed the High School I went to. 
Source: Chula Vista Star News
Source: Chula Vista Star News George Foster is the suit on the right.
Source: Chula Vista Star News
Foster designed the school in a "Modern Mayan" style to pay homage to California's pre-European history.

1963 Site Plan. Construction of this phase was completed in 1964.
Source: Chula Vista Star News
Source: 2018 Facilities Master Plan
The Planetarium was built …