Showing posts from February, 2013

A Handbook of California Design / 1930-1965: Craftspeople, Designers, Manufacturers

A Handbook of California Design, 1930-1965: Craftspeople, Designers, Manufacturers   This new publication by  LACMA  is a compendium of 140 profiles of California designers and manufacturers. It serves as a companion piece  to their PST exhibition catalog,  California Design, 1930-1965: "Living in a Modern Way" . Edited by LACMA curator Bobbye Tigerman with contributions by Staci Steinberger, Jennifer Munro Miller and Lacy Simkowitz. The handbook is set up with a short biography and photo for each entry. Here is the one Doyle Lane.   Barney Reid's photo The elusive Hawk House A great photo of La Gardo Tackett Olga Lee and Milo Baughman  This is one of my favorite images in the book.   Connections and Collaborations inforgraphic from the handbook.   This chart illustrates the common institutions, organizations  and publications the designers in the handbook were associated with.  The most common linkage is the Pasadena

James Hubbell / In Search Of Shadows

In Search Of Shadows: James Hubbell Sculpture   at the Oceanside Museum of Art

Paul Evans / Designer & Sculptor

Paul Evans: Designer & Sculptor Architecture and design writer  Jeffrey Head has a great new book out on the east coast designer-craftsman. The foreword is by Adriana Kertzer, with an introduction by longtime Evans collaborator Dorsey Reading  and the afterword is by Richard Wright. Jefrey has put together a tremendous amount of research into the  exploration of the life and  work  of Evans. The 220 photos are pretty great as well.    Evans, the  metalsmith craftsman.  Rochester Institute of Technology Brochure, 1952 The showroom Paul Evans and Phillip Lloyd Powell shared in New Hope, Pennsylvania Paul Evans, Phillip Lloyd Powell and Jens Risom for Designer's Inc. I'm down for that. Paul Evans and Phillip Lloyd Powell stereo cabinet Sculpted panel, 1965  Sculpture  Sofa, 1964 Door knocker for Directional, 1964 Jeffrey does a great job exploring Evan's relationship with Directional, which began in 1964 wh

Palm Springs / Modernism Week

Richard Neutra Kaufmann house. For the second year in a row, Funkis has set up shop  at the  Palm Canyon Galleria  for the entire month of February. Ken has the good classic modern stuff. These Otto Kolb lamps don't show up very often. This fiber and metal sculpture is insane.  You still have a week to visit Funkis.  Peter Voulkos fat head stack pot. This was at the  The Palm Springs Fine Art Fair .    George Rickey at the  The Palm Springs Fine Art Fair .   There was also one at the Modernism show, but that's a story for another day. This booth also had a $16 million dollar Jackson Pollock drip painting on opening night.  Marc Sijan  sculpture  at the  The Palm Springs Fine Art Fair These things are freaky real. Really freaky The  T aliesin  booth at the Modernism show had models of the structures built by architecture students.  They actually live in them while studying at Taliesin.  This particular struc

Albert Frey / Studio 111

Just in time for Palm Springs Modernism, Studio 111 pulled out a collection of Albert Frey furniture. The set was custom built for the Palm Springs home of Frey's longtime lover and friend, Elise Wolfe. The collection includes a globe lamp, a signature piece in many of Frey's residential projects.  There's the switch. Frey Residence II Image: Pacific Standard There are blueprints and photos that document the source. They can be seen here above the Frey desk. Considering the time period and the intimate relationship with the owner, Frey probably sketched out some important projects at that desk. Custom wall-mounted desk lamp. Elise and Albert That's Mr. Frey to you. 1949 Limboman in action. He'd love to sell you some Albert Frey furniture.