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John Massey for Herman Miller and Van Keppel Green
Dan Johnson chair from 1951
Sol Bloom, probably
A nice book pile

Doyle Lane unglazed

Weekend / Stuff

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Milo Baughman for Pacific Iron Products
This is my favorite Pacific Iron chair design.
I also picked up this Milo Baughman for Pacific Iron Products table.Great timing.
Dan Johnson for Hayden Hall
Iron tables

Ephemera, including a Saul Bass Bell Systems logo belt buckle. 

Interbau / Berlin

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Interbau was constructed as part of the 1957 International Building Exhibition, which was held in Berlin. Located in the war-torn Hansaviertel district of Tiergarten, plans by Gerhard Jobst and Willy Kreuer won the urban design aspect of the exhibition. Their plans were implemented under the supervision of Otto Bartning, who managed the overall project.
The plan went along with the typical Le Corbusier modern ideology of what the city of the future should be-- an efficient machine, lushly landscaped, with separated uses. Although primarily residential, a church, theater, library and public gardens were dispersed through the development. Thirty-six buildings were constructed. 
Fifty-three architects from around the world participate in the project, including Oscar Niemeyer, Arne Jacobsen, Le Corbusier, Alvar Aalto and Walter Gropius.
Haus der Kulturen der Welt or Congress Hall by US architect Hugh Stubbins
 The building was a gift from the United States as part of an extension of the Marsh…

Weekend / Stuff

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Large ceramic platter by Felix Tissot. This was made while he was living in California, prior to his move to Mexico. There's also a iron bowl from Japan, a welded metal sculpture and a 1940s cerused oak stool.

Cité Frugès / Le Cobusier

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The Cité Frugès housing complex (1924-1926) was designed by French-Swiss architect Le Corbusier.  French industrialist Henry Frugès commissioned Le Corbusier to design 135 housing units for workers in his sugar factory in Pessac, outside Bordeaux. The goal was for the cost to be such that an average worker could afford to purchase a unit with one year's salary. The minimalist architecture, which was extremely different than what people were used to at the time, did not appeal to the workers and only 51 units were actually built. It was still the first large-scale residential development by Le Corbusier.
Seven prototypes were designed for the project.


The units are individually-owned. Some have been restored and as we cane see here, some have not.






The town of Pessac, where the development is located, purchased this "skyscraper" unit and it operates as a museum. The docent who showed us around was so nice.








One of the units is available to stay in via Airb