Showing posts from November, 2014

Tackett / Thursday

La Gardo Tackett studio bowl Report from the field (Phoenix, AZ)

Weekend / Stuff

Candelabrum by Bruce Hill for Peter Pepper Products More here and here.
As seen in California Designed (1955) with Malcolm Leland
Prescolite lighter
Big Soleri bell
Ken Starbird
Braun Domino lighter set by Dieter Rams and clam shell ashtray by Alan Fletcher. The 15 year ago me would have been very excited about this plastic stuff.

Objects USA / Fall 14

The Objects USA annual sale happened this past weekend in San Diego.

Some people showed up.

Barbara Chapman
It got trippy

Tackett / Thursday

La Gardo Tackett

Peter Shire / Public Work

Public Work: Lines of Desire, at the Architecture and Design Museum in Los Angeles explores Peter Shire’s public and private architectural commissions. It was curated by Jo Lauria.
Early 80s

Model for a project in Elysian Park
The selected design for Elysian Park
Here's the full scale version at Angel's Point, Elysian Park. That's Downtown LA in the background.

Mr. Chubs must think he deserves some credit as well.
I'm not sure if this was some sort of a joke, but there was a very functional looking teapot hiding under a neighboring tree.


Objects USA presents their annual weekend-long sales exhibition. Dates             Opening Reception: Friday, Nov. 21st, 7 pm Saturday, Nov. 22nd 10 am – 5 pm Sunday, Nov. 23rd  10 am – 4 pm Location Ronis Fine Art - 1946 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92102 More information at

Weekend / Stuff

Kurt Versen, Esempi, George Nelson tray and Swift and Monell stool
Boyd and Earthgender
George Nelson clock
Eames EC175-8 (1971)

Tackett / Thursday

Amy Auscherman, design preserver / archivist at Herman Miller had a way better Tackett Thursday than I did. This is a La Gardo Tackett memo to Hugh De Pree, son of Herman Miller founder, D.J. De Pree. This is when Tackett was working for the company's Objects Division. Amy's Instagram feed is great. Follow her at acid_free
La Gardo and Kenji


MALCOLM MCCLAIN: VISUAL, TEXTUAL The exhibition, curated by Dave Hampton, included work from the 1940s through the late 1970s.
There were 30 works on paper.
The exhibition also included a sound installation by Charles Curtis, drawn from texts by McClain. 
There's Charles now.
Ceramics by McClain

Weekend / Stuff

Joel Edwards large and in charge pots, Wayne Chapman for Wednesday, Rene Brancusi table and Brazilian bowl for the Lunning Collection
Bill Lam ceiling/wall mount lamp

Malcolm McClain / Exhibition - Tomorrow

Malcolm McClain fui. non fui., c. mid-1970s Typewriter and collage on paper 6 x 3-1/2 inches This weekend : MALCOLM MCCLAIN: VISUAL, TEXTUAL includes work from the 1940s through the late 1970s. The exhibition will also include a sound installation by Charles Curtis  drawn from texts by McClain.   November 8 and 9 at Ronis Fine Art - 1946 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92102
Malcolm McClain American Prophecy State University, c. mid-1970s Ink on paper 4-15/16 x 7-15/16 inches

Malcolm McClain Composition, c. 1952 Watercolor on paper 6-1/2 x 8-5/8 inches

Tackett / Thursday

La Gardo Tackett does ice cream toppings 

Victor H. Bisharat / Architect

OK, so this Victor Bisharat candelabrum sent me on one of those wormhole reserach expeditions. 
It was designed in 1951 by Bisharat, a Jordan-born architect living in California. This I have known for quite some time.
What I didn't know is that he designed this base around the same time.  It was used as a plant stand or a table and is pretty much the same concept as the candelabrum. It seems super obvious now. Here it is in table form. I've had a couple of these and never knew the designer. Since they are usually found in the SF Bay Area, I assumed it was a designer from up there. It turned out to be true. The wormhole paid off this time. Too bad I sold the tables. Also in the early 50's, Bisharat supposedly worked with with the Ralph M. Parsons Company and helped with the plan for Disneyland in Anaheim. He was in the LA area, so it's plausible, but I couldn't find anything to substantiate the claim that he or the Parsons company worked on the project. I'm not a b…