Showing posts from August, 2013

Tackett / Thursday


Hutchinson / Studio

This is where Mabel and Milon Hutchinson used to crank out all their great works in wood.
It's good to see the window guys left some of Mabel's work up.
Mabel working on a an assemblage at what is most likely the same building. Source: Creating Modern Furniture by Dona Z. Meilach
Window panel detail

Wooden Door by Mabel Hutchinson, at “The Door,” Museum of Contemporary Crafts in cooperation with U.S. Plywood,  September 28 - November 3, 1968, photo courtesy Shirley J. Adams Via American Craft Council
Milon Hutchinson working on one of his turned wood objects. His wife Mabel used excess pieces from his  work to create her assemblages.  Source: Creating Small Wood Objects as Functional Sculpture by Dona Z. Meilach

Wood objects by Milon Source: Creating Small Wood Objects as Functional Sculpture by Dona Z. Meilach

Weekend / Stuff

Sometimes the findings are slim, so this weekend my big score was a  Srtuck by Modernism C.Carl Jennings California Artist-Blacksmith T-shirt from the Mingei exhibition.
On a related note, this Friday exhibition curator Dave Hampton will be giving a lunchtime lecture on Jennings.  Details can be found, here.

Boomerang / 28

Boomerang for Modern is celebrating its 28th anniversary this year. In honor of the occasion, owner David Skelley and his partner Kurt opened up their home for a little anniversary party.  They have a collection that few can top. I have the sneaking suspicion David has been skimming off the top at Boomerang for the whole 28 years!  I could probably do a month or two of posts on all the insane design David and Kurt get to live with, but roaming around taking pictures of it all probably would have been poor party etiquette. Not to mention I didn't want to be the guy who looked like he was casing the place.Needless to say, David has been a central figure in the San Diego mid century modern scene before there was actually a scene to speak of. The guests at the party were an indication of this long history. I'm not sure how I got in with this crew but there were museum folks, owners of a Killingsworth case study house and a Neutra house, major collectors and just all around nice peo…

Opdahl House / Killingsworth

I was out stalking architecture in Long Beach again. Opdahl House by Edward Killingsworth, 1957

A quote from Beautiful Homes and Gardens in California, "Mr. Opdahl had bought a lot in the city, 30 by 80 feet, flanked by ugly buildings, a lot with strong overtones of claustrophobia"  The house being flanked by ugly buildings is still very true.
I usually like the cars in the vintage shots better. In this case, I'd take the Defender.  Photo: Beautiful Homes and Gardens in California
Lots o' Scandinavian design..zzzz Photo: Beautiful Homes and Gardens in California
Photo: Beautiful Homes and Gardens in California
Photo: Beautiful Homes and Gardens in California
Tacket!!  Photo: Beautiful Homes and Gardens in California
By the early 2000s, the Opdahl house was in bad shape. The restoration is documented at Unique California Property
The "after" Photo: Dwell

C. Carl Jennings / Mingei

C. CARL JENNINGS, CALIFORNIA ARTIST-BLACKSMITH Guest-curated by Dave Hampton. Opens today. The Mingei and Hampton really outdid themselves on this one. 
I'm just throwing out a couple teaser shots.  The exhibition has a ton of insane work by Jennings.  Darren Bradley took the photos of the Jennings house that are on display in the exhibition. 
I bet you never knew blacksmithing could be so cool.
The exhibition catalog, Struck by Modernism C.Carl Jennings California Artist-Blacksmith,  was writtenby Dave Hampton
More information can be found on the Mingei's website

Tackett / Thursday

La Gardo Tackett

Ray & Charles / August 21

Charles and Ray Eames both died on August 21st.  Charles died in 1978 and Ray died on the same day exactly 10 years later in 1988
Charles and Ray in LA, 1941 Image: Eames Office

Palos Verdes / Architecture

Wayfarers Chapel, Palos Verdes, CA by Lloyd Wright (Frank Lloyd Wright Jr.), 1951 and 1954 It's a memorial to Emanuel Swedenborg

"Architect Lloyd Wright has put together a new king of church--a sparkling enclosure of glass framed in the modern equivalent of Gothic tracery and carrying the glass further than the Gothic builders ever carried it--up into the roof." Architectural Forum 1951
“When the trees that surround the Chapel grow up, they will become the framework, become a part of the tree forms and branches that inevitably arise from the growing trees adjacent to it. I used the glass so that the natural growth, the sky, and sea beyond became the definition of their environment. This is done to give the congregation protection in services and at the same time to create the sense of outer as well as inner space.” - Lloyd Wright - A Visit with the Architect, 1974 via Wayfarers Chapel
Concrete with rocks, just like his dad.

Landscape lamps
1951 Photo: Julius Shulman, Getty Rese…