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Horton Plaza / Jon Jerde

Horton Plaza by Jon Jerde opened in 1985. It was a big deal. Downtown San Diego was dead and this postmodern mall was an attempt to revitalize the heart of the city. It's considered a postmodern architectural icon, as well as redevelopment success story.
Jerde referred to the style as "Festival Marketplace".  His design for the shopping center was based on Ray Bradbury's essay "The Aesthetics of Lostness". Anyone who has been there, knows what this is all about. There are curved walkways, mismatched levels, one-way ramps, sudden drop-offs, colonnades and cul-de-sacs, all around a central courtyard. 
Six buildings that were were on the National Register of Historic Places were demolished to make way for the 6 block shopping center.  In true San Diego style, many of the demolished buildings were recreated as stucco renditions. The Knights of Pythias Castle was one of the victims.
Image: San Diego History Center (via SD Reader)
The design of the windows was m…

Weekend / Stuff

I stayed local this weekend and it rained.  A side table is all I picked up. At least it's nice.

Mutual Housing Association / Site Office

The Mutual Housing Association Site Office (1947)  by A. Quincy Jones, Whitney Smith and Edgardo Contini.
The Mutual Housing Association concept began with four musicians who, in 1946, wanted to share an acre of land and a swimming pool. At one point, the association had 500 members.
Mutual Housing Association was formed as a nonprofit entity. All of the members of the co-operative owned shares and would be entitled to a housing site. After looking at various properties around Los Angeles, they settled on the rolling hills of Brentwood. They purchased 835 acres for $400,000 and the sites for homes were estimated to cost between $11,000 to $25,000. A. Quincy Jones, Whitney Smith and structural engineer Edgardo Contini were selected to design the community. 
Source: Arts & Architecture
Here's a map for reference.
The site office was the first building constructed and was essentially a full-scale mockup. Although not an actual house, the basic structural framing and architectura…

Weekend / Stuff

Malcolm Leland Centerpiece 
Mel Smilow table and some smalls
Another Stan Hawk! I also picked up a similar looking piece by Albert Manufacturing, a taller imposter. 
Sign designed by Deborah Sussman of Sussman-Prejza, whose company was responsible for Horton Plaza’s graphic design. 
I found this at the local junk swap meet. I hope this doesn't mean that they're already dismantling Horton Plaza. A developer has purchased the mostly vacant mall and has plans to turn it into a mixed-use office campus. Read more: Efforts to Save San Diego's Horton Plaza.

Maurice Martiné / Exhibition

It's been over a year since The Maurice Martiné exhibition I did with Archive 20th Century I never got around to actually doing a post with photos of the exhibition, so here it goes.  
Maurice Martiné (1918-2006) spent over five decades designing in Laguna Beach, Ca. His award-winning furniture designs from the 1940s and 50s received international notoriety. He was hired by top architects, such as A Quincy Jones and William Cody– yet he is relatively unknown and examples of his work are extremely scarce.
This exhibition presented the greatest number of Martiné designs ever assembled, all sourced from private collections.
This was my first Martiné piece.

The ephemera display.  See a poorly shot cell phone video, here.

I did a little booklet for the exhibition. I still have a handful left so reach out if you'd like one.
I'd really like to thank everyone who helped out with the show. First of all, Nick at Archive, who hosted it and did an amazing job with the presentation. No…