Showing posts from October, 2019

Weekend /Stuff

Luther Conover and George Nelson
Maurice Grossman
Alexander Girard Braniff Airlines pin
Alexander Girard cup from La Fonda del Sol

Richard Blow / Pietre Dure

I first heard of Richard Blow through Adam Edelsberg, who has been collecting the work for more than two decades. Adam is one of the top tier dealers in the country and this is how he describes his discovery...

I was lucky enough to find myself in the upstairs office of the Gansevoort Gallery in the late 1990s. So I had the fortunate experience of seeing some of the greatest design objects of the twentieth century - the rarest Noguchi furniture, Eames prototypes, Calder jewelry. That office felt like the epicenter of modern design. It was here that I first encountered a work by Richard Blow, a small plaque depicting a castle in the Tuscan countryside. A little trompe l‘oeil, a little surreal, modernist in its visual vernacular, yet executed in a traditional manner. I was unfamiliar with pietre dure, the Medici, or Tuscan stones.  Yet the work, handmade, honest, and charming, spoke to me. Little did I know that this small work of art with its mysterious origins would take me on a journ…

Weekend / Stuff

Nathan Lerner chair and some other things
Sorry Rodney : (
Doug Ayers
Galef or Wood??

Downtown Modernism / October 27th

Downtown Modernism is Sunday,October 27th You don't want to miss it!
Check out the last one, here.

Earl Wear / Topanga Canyon

Anderson House by W. Earl Wear (1958)
Canadian architect W. Earl Wear (1925-2011) moved to Los Angeles in the early 1950s and only designed nine homes. In 1954 he settled in Topanga Canyon, where this incredible house is.
It's home to ceramicist and designer Beatrice Faverjon and architectural preservationist, consultant and designer Ryan Soniat.

Much of the furniture was designed by Wear and is original to the house. The chair is by Don Shoemaker.
The attention to detail and craftsmanship is phenomenal.

Ryan reproduced the window hardware.

Wear designed the studio in 1964.
Beatrice's ceramic studio. Her work is beautiful.
Click here for a post on another Wear house built the same year.

Weekend / Stuff

Frank Matranga and a Japanese Ikebana vase
More books and catalogs