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Dan Johnson / Selig

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The Cotton House by Philmer J. Ellerbroek. The chairs and table were designed by Dan Johnson.
Source: Maynard L. Parker, photographer. Courtesy of The Huntington Library
Ad from 1951 showing the Dan Johnson-designed chair. 
Source: LA Times, 1951
leslie's, which was located in the Wilshire Center/Koreatown neighborhood of Los Angeles, advertised a variety of Johnson's early pieces. Many were designed exclusively for leslie's. 
Source: LA Times, 1951
1954 ad in a trade magazine with the best name, Metal Furniture. It's introducing a new lounge chair, by Selig. There is no mention of the designer. This is where things start to get dicey. This is obviously the 1951 Dan Johnson chair with wood arms instead of brass ball caps. Selig also didn't credit him in their own advertising.
Source: Andy Hackman (A legend in California Modern)
Recently, some people have been claiming that Lawrence Peabody designed the chair for Selig. 
Source: The Gazette and Daily, 1955
The confusion might…

Weekend / Stuff

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John Massey for Herman Miller and Van Keppel Green
Dan Johnson chair from 1951
Sol Bloom, probably
A nice book pile

Doyle Lane unglazed

Weekend / Stuff

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Milo Baughman for Pacific Iron Products
This is my favorite Pacific Iron chair design.
I also picked up this Milo Baughman for Pacific Iron Products table.Great timing.
Dan Johnson for Hayden Hall
Iron tables

Ephemera, including a Saul Bass Bell Systems logo belt buckle. 

Interbau / Berlin

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Interbau was constructed as part of the 1957 International Building Exhibition, which was held in Berlin. Located in the war-torn Hansaviertel district of Tiergarten, plans by Gerhard Jobst and Willy Kreuer won the urban design aspect of the exhibition. Their plans were implemented under the supervision of Otto Bartning, who managed the overall project.
The plan went along with the typical Le Corbusier modern ideology of what the city of the future should be-- an efficient machine, lushly landscaped, with separated uses. Although primarily residential, a church, theater, library and public gardens were dispersed through the development. Thirty-six buildings were constructed. 
Fifty-three architects from around the world participate in the project, including Oscar Niemeyer, Arne Jacobsen, Le Corbusier, Alvar Aalto and Walter Gropius.
Haus der Kulturen der Welt or Congress Hall by US architect Hugh Stubbins
 The building was a gift from the United States as part of an extension of the Marsh…