Showing posts from July, 2019

Frank Lloyd Wright / Taliesin West

Taliesin West served as Frank Lloyd Wright's winter home and school in the desert from 1937 until his death in 1959. 
Wright's importance as an architect is immense, although one could argue that his role as a teacher might eclipse his buildings. Architects such as Richard Neutra, R.M. Schindler, John Lautner, Bruce Goff, and Paolo Soleri all spent time working for Wright. San Diego architects Sim Bruce Richards, Loch Crane and Frederick Liebhardt were also Taliesin Fellows. More information on Wright's legacy in San Diego can be found at Modern San Diego.
Frank Lloyd Wright and the Fellowship
Source: Frank Lloyd Wright

The mosaic was gifted to Frank Lloyd Wright by playwright and congresswoman Clare Booth Luce. 

Every year, before the brutal summer hit the Scottsdale desert, Wright's operation was packed away and stored in this kiva. He then made the trek to Taliesin in Wisconsin.
The dragon breathes fire at night

There are a number of Chinese ceramic pieces incorpora…

Weekend / Stuff

Dan Johnson chairs and Nelson Thin Edge dresser for Herman Miller
Ceramic Mirror
Ettore Sottsass containers, Dansk and iron

Calvin Straub / Pasadena

Over the weekend I went to an open house for this 1957 home by Calvin Straub of Buff, Straub, and Hensman. It was built by Straub as his personal residence. The beautiful and detailed restoration was done by HabHouse. As you'll see from the photo at the end of the post, they should heralded for seeing the potential and executing an amazing resurrection.    
Straub did a wonderful job of creating the perfect blend of California and Japanese architecture. The restoration definitely pays tribute to that.

It's hard to believe, but this place was a total wreck.

Weekend / Stuff

Malcolm Leland, Ben Seibel, Sol Bloom and Gainey
Doyle Lane
Dansk and Martz

Weekend / Stuff

Leon Meyer chair This is the first time I've seen a non-rocker design.

David Stewart chess pieces on a table by Bud Tullis. Bud is a Santa Barbara woodworker. In addition to making some great studio pieces he collaborated will Paul Tuttle.