Showing posts from February, 2014

Tackett / Lustig

Alvin Lustig design on a pre- Architectural Pottery John Wells pot The photo is from a 1949 show at the Evans and Reeves Nursery. The garden pottery was a project assigned by La Gardo Tackett, who was working as an Instructor at the California School of Art. His students were assigned the task of creating garden ware that could be sold at the Evans and Reeves Nursery. The nursery commissioned the students to design the line and plan the merchandising.  The pots were put on display at the nursery. VKG supplied the furniture.   Max Lawrence and his wife Rita started Architectural Pottery in 1950, after they saw designs from La Gardo Tackett's students.  Tackett, John Follis, and Rex Goode all worked as designers for the new company.  Along with Tackett, Alvin Lustig also taught at the California School of Art; as did Edgardo Contini, Rafael Soriano, and Bernard Rosenthal. Despite the amazing faculty, the school was only around for a year. The school's owner drained the accounts and…

Tackett / Thursday

La Gardo Tackett

California's Designing Women / San Diego Book Signing

California’s Designing Women 1896-1986BOOK SIGNING: Saturday, March 1, 2 to 5 PM
At Boomerang for Modern, 2475 Kettner Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101PARTICIPANTS:Writer-editor Bill Stern, executive director of the Museum of California Design, who is also the author of “California Pottery: From Missions to Modernism” with photographs by Peter Brenner (Chronicle Books, 2000) and “Mid-Century Mandarin: The Clay Canvasses of Tyrus Wong” with photographs by Peter Brenner (Museum of California Design, 2004).Marilyn Austin who, in the 1960s, designed large-scale Modernist ceramics for Architectural Pottery and large-scale Modernist fiberglass planters for Architectural Fiberglass. Later, Austin established her own interior design business, Design Austin.The San Diego-based Arline Fisch who creates wearable art. She is best known for her silver work, which is in the collections of major museums around the world.

Judith Hendler who began making jewelry in the 1970s when she found a stas…

Grapevine / Book

GRAPEVINE~ Magdalena Suarez Frimkess, Michael Frimkess, John Mason, Ron Nagle, Peter Shire, curated by Ricky Swallow Published by Rainoff & David Kordansky Gallery Text by Ricky Swallow, Designed by Sinisa Mackovic & Robert Milne
Order yours here.
The Peter Shire autograph is epic.

You need this book!
More about the exhibition here and here.

High Desert House / Kellogg

High Desert House (1993) by Kendrick Bangs Kellogg The house was commissioned by artist Bev Doolittle and her husband Jay.

Source: Organic Modern Estate
Source: Organic Modern Estate
Most of the press about the house mention how it looks like a villain's lair.  Source: Organic Modern Estate
Season of the Eagle LRS Art Medley byBev Doolittle I'm not sure if Doolittle is secretly an evil villain. If so, it doesn't come through in her art. Her notoriety as the "camouflage artist" does seem to come into play in the design of her lair. Nonetheless, for $3 million this place could be yours. More information can be found here. Source: Rompedas
More about Doolittle can be found here and more about Kellogg can be found here.

Weekend / Stuff

Stack of Interiors + Industrial Design. This Irving Harper cover is the best of the lot.
Tackett and Dansk
Miscellaneous and a Ravenware tray by Richard Galef 

Modernism Week / Palm Springs

Kaufmann house by Richard Neutra, obviously It's hard for me to go to Palm Springs and not stop by.
Palevsky House (1969) by Craig Ellwood, More here.
Edris House (1954) by E. Stewart Willams
Palm Springs Art Museum
Barbara Hepworth
Alexander Girard
Gio Ponti
Billy Haines and Rudolph Schindler
Claire Falkenstein

Judy Chicago and Frank Stella
Ed Ruscha
Richard Diebenkorn I made it to the last day of the Diebenkorn exhibition. It was incredible. This is blurry because the guard was running towards me. I swear there wasn't a sign.

Tackett / Thursday

From the collection of the Brooklyn Museum

Palm Springs / Modernism 2014

Objects USA booth at the 2014 Palm Springs Modernism show. Craft geeks.
Reform Gallery Gerard, once again, went all out and had an amazing display of California craft.
Jack Rogers Hopkins
Studio 111 Limboman likes to mix up classic hard-edge modern with some out there wackiness. The big round fur sofa was a hit with the ladies.   
Fat Chance This is where the rich people shop. Jeff always has the good high end stuff... Parzinger, Dunbar...
and this kick ass Claire Falkenstein.
Lisa Cliff Collection Lisa always has awesome sculpture, including the jeweled variety.
Z Modern The classics. The Nelson MAA is a sexy chair. It looks  particularly good from behind, doesn't it? 
Archive A lot of big fancy names here.  This is the dark modern look, for the evil villain types.
Max Neufeldt assemblage...Sold
Sputnik Franco Albini desk and an insane Malcolm Leland for Architectural Pottery lantern fixture. Chris had a ton of other great stuff in his booth (like super rare Dunbar and Ico Parisi) but I was distra…