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Weekend / Stuff

Robert Bulmore lamp, Jack Boyd sculpture, little Earthgender and fire tools. 
Arthur Umanoff cart for or David Morgan and a Ben Seibel for Kraftware
Caught in action
Photo: NFS
A better look at the Jack Boyd

Weekend / Stuff

La Gardo Tackett for Architectural Pottery, model CS-27

Maurice Grossman faces and Dick Seeger

Paul Rudolph / Walker Guest House

Paul Rudolph’s 1952 Walker Guest House has been erected in downtown Palm Springs. The house is a full-scale replica that is on loan from the Sarasota Architectural Foundation (SAF) in Florida. It was relocated and reconstructed by PS ModCom as part of Palm Springs Modernism. It made it's debut at Fall Modernism, which happened last month. It will be up until March 2020.
"Strictly adhering to an 8’ x 8’ cubic module, Rudolph created a one-unit high, three-unit wide by three-unit deep 24’ square pavilion. Offset exterior sister-ed columns frame the structure and visually lighten an already nimble assembly.
These fames support a pulley system connecting a weighted ball and plywood panel. The raised ball shuts the flap to secure the screened bay, when lowered, it yields a canopy of shaded exterior space while affording natural ventilation within and through, earning the guest house the moniker of “the cannonball house” in the process. Occurring on two consecutive of every three ba…


OBJECTS: FALL 18 Vintage Art Exhibition and Sale
Friday, Nov. 16 from 7-9pm Saturday, Nov. 17 from 10am-5pm Sunday, Nov. 18 from 10am-2pm 
Ronis Fine Art - 1946 BroadwaySan Diego, CA 92102 
Objects USA, an online gallery and resource for midcentury art and design, presents Objects: Fall 18, the thirteenth in a continuing series of sales exhibitions. 
Items for sale are all vintage, from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, and include paintings, sculpture, pottery, furniture and functional objects for indoor and outdoor use. Hard to find examples of California Design will be featured as well as artwork by midcentury San Diego artists and members of the Allied Craftsmen.

Weekend / Stuff

My haul from LA Downtown Modernism
Hans Coray Landi chair

Richard Neutra / Lovell House

The Lovell Health House by Richard Neutra was designed starting in 1927 and completed in 1929. It was built for Philip Lovell. The Lovells had just had a beach house built for them by RM Schindler. Philip Lovell, a physician and naturopath, had an LA Times column, “Care of the Body.” He promoted vegetarianism, exercise, nude sunbathing, drugless healing, and a healthy sex life.
Neutra and Schindler were both trying to get the commission for the family's second house. Obviously, Neutra won out. This probably made things pretty uncomfortable considering Neutra was living and working at Schindler's Kings Road house and studio.
The house brought a lot of attention to Neutra and was a huge boost to his career. With the exception of Frank Lloyd Wright, Neutra was probably the most prolific architect of the time. Schindler continued to get commissions, although mostly smaller projects in Los Angeles.
The Lovell house is thought of to be the first residence with a steel structure int…

Weekend / Stuff

Peter Shire Ceramics, late 70s and early 80s
New little Ray Eames
Ephemera and Carl Aubock 

Robin Gay McCline / Fresno

There was a great house for sale in Fresno. It was designed in 1970 by Fresno architect Robin Gay McCline as his personal residence. He must have been friends with Stan Bitters because there sure is a lot of  his work in the house. It was listed for $450,000 and went fast.
According to the listing, McCline was a prolific watercolor artist, architect and educator who worked with the likes of Jim Oakes, Robert Stevens and Gene Zellmer during Fresno's burgeoning years. 

More information here.

Weekend / Stuff

David Cressey for Architectural Pottery
Peter Shire, 1980
You know I love my little wire accessories. Here are baskets by Sol Bloom and a tray by Archie Kaplan, both for New Dimensions.
All this belonged to the Frank Bros family and the toys were shiow at Frank Bros. : The Store that Modernized Modern exhibition that was held at the University Art Museum at CSULB.
Here's the Finn Juhl ice bucket when it lived in the Frank's Case Study House 25, which was designed by Edward Killingsworth. 
Source: Photo: Julius Shulman, Getty Research Institute

Bruno Munari Polariscop