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 Isamu Kenmochi Sori Yanagi Raul Coronel

Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium / Blanton and Company

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  Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium by Rex Willoughby of Blanton & Co. Architects & Engineers (1975). Located on the University of Arizona campus. More about Blanton & Co. (formerly Blanton and Cole) can be found at the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation The history of the Grace H. Flandrau Planetarium can be found here .

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  James Lovera is underrated. This pot is perfectly thrown. Alice Kagawa Parrott A must have craft geek reference. Additions to my vintage photo / furniture collection.

Blakehaus / Donald Wexler

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Peter Blake Gallery  hosted another exhibition during Palm Springs Modernism this year. The Blakehaus installation for 2024 took place in a 1962 Donald Wexler steel house. The  Calcor/Rheem Prefabricated Steel House is number three of the seven Wexler Steel Houses. Forty houses were planned for the development but the increased price of steel made them cost-prohibitive. See Blakehaus 2023, here , which took place in a William Cody home. Wexler actually actually worked for Cody when he moved to Palm Springs. Prior to that, he worked for Neutra.

Weekend / Stuff

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 Earthgender, Robert Maxwell, La Gardo Tackett, Paul McCobb, Soleri Felmore fire tools (first time seeing outside of a period ad) and Victor Bisharat plant stand

Weekend / Stuff

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Slim picking last weekend  Robert Fritz Robert Sperry

Hollyhock House / Ikebana

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Flowers for Aline: An Exhibition by Sogetsu Ikebana Los Angeles Branch at the  Hollyhock House  (1921). At Aline Barnsdall's request,  Frank Lloyd Wright Wright incorporated her favorite flower, the hollyhock, into the design of the house. Multiple buildings were planned for the property but after delays and cost overruns, only this main house and two guest houses were completed by Wright.  RM Schindler served as the project manager. In 1927 Aline donated the property to the City of Los Angeles.  The front door.   This composition, in a Frank Lloyd Wright planter box, is by Auralynn Nguyen. This was only my second visit to Hollyhock, which I should be ashamed of. It's a UNESCO World Heritage site. The only one in Los Angeles. In addition to the incredible house, it sits upon a hill with some of the best views of LA.