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Modernist plywood Dora De Larios Ring a ding ding

Weekend / Stuff

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  Gross Wood, Ettore Sottsass and Frederick Weinberg One of my extra curricular activities in digging through stacks of yard sticks.

Gene Loose / Laurel Canyon

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I was in Laurel Canyon this weekend and happened upon this house. I was told it was designed by Gene Loose. He was also involved in the design of at least three to four other houses on the cul-de-sac.  There is not much information out there on Loose. In 1950, the 24 year old redhead was living in Laurel Canyon and teaching architectural design at Chouinard. He was there until 1960.  One of the other houses by Loose. This one too and it is currently for lease through  Crosby Doe . This development was part of a class project that included the purchase of 1,742 acres of land in Laurel Canyon.  Many of the students were ex-Gls who needed homes during the post-war housing shortage.  Gene's idea was to provide practical knowledge to the students as they worked together on the construction to eliminate labor costs. Lots from the initial land purchase were sold off to help fund the construction.  Twelve students participated in the project, although as of 1950 only 7 homes were built.   

Weekend / Stuff

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  Eugene Weston stools for Modern Color Inc.. Ettore Sottsass phone and an Alvar Aalto chair. This is actually from the weekend before last. I was distracted by the fate of democracy and all that.  Weed pots and a sculpture from 1983.

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Ettore Stottsass, Bruno Gambone, Paolo Soleri and Mario Bellini Kipp Stewart and Stewart MacDougall for Glenn of California Richard Galef for Ravenware and Tom Tramel

Maurice Martiné / Martines

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1937 college humor magazine from USC. The cover drawing is by Maurice Martines, who later changed his name to  Maurice Martiné . There has been a bit of mystery on whether or not his name was Martinez, with a "Z" or not. Some speculated he changed it to avoid discrimination of having a hispanic name. It actually turned out to be that he thought Martiné had panache and was more suitable for a designer. During his studies at USC, Martiné studied under Glen Lukens.  And last month at Bonhams  a Lukens bowl from the Martiné estate came up for sale. His Eames lounge chair and ottoman were also up for grabs.

Weekend / Stuff

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  Jack Boyd sculpture, a bench and ceramics by Jean Balmer and Adam Silverman More desert picking. The Boyd isn't for sale, but the house is... Kaufmann Desert House by Richard Neutra Source: Wall Street Journal