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Laverne Originals / Ruth Asawa

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Laverne Originals ad / Ruth Asawa sculpture

Julius Shulman / Iron Man

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Shulman's house and studio by Raphael Soriano
Shulman had a nice collection of iron furniture by some great Los Angeles companies.  I'm sure they were some of the same pieces he would lug around to Case Study photo shoots.   These photos are from when the house was listed for sale in 2009.  Photos: davidbrayton.com
Paul Laszlo Americana line by Pacific Iron
Dorothy Schindele chairs for Modern Color Inc and possibly a VKG dining table. 
More Modern Color Inc pieces, including a Eugene Weston table
 It looks like the new owners are going to do some Dwell, BoConcept, Ikea remodel hack job on it:LA Curbed I hope they haven't tossed the iron scraps to make room for the brand new stuff. 

Eames / Batgirl

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Photo: vintagegal

Four Abstract Classicists

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Four Abstract Classicists Karl Benjamin, John McLaughlin, Frederick Hammersley, and Lorser Feitelson Photo: Gety
Photo: LAMA

Eames: The Architect and the Painter in San Diego

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SAN DIEGO, CA – On December 15, a unique partnership between several San Diego institutions will yield the local debut of the  film Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter, just days prior to its national (and local) broadcast debut via PBS.
ModernSanDiego.com in partnership with two Balboa Park institutions, Museum of Photographic Arts, Mingei International  Museum, as and several sponsors, have come together to celebrate the work of pioneering designers Charles and  Ray Eames. The couple’s groundbreaking work transformed photography, architecture, as well as interior, industrial, furniture  and graphic design fields. This unique cross-disciplinary partnership reflects the Eames’ diverse interests and expertise  that created a lasting legacy of their very productive lives.
Starting with a 6PM reception at Mingei International Museum’s ‘Craft Revolution’ exhibition, the evening will then conclude  with the 7PM film screening at Museum of Photographic Arts’ 226-seat Joan & I…

Homer Delawie Lanthorn Residence

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Interior shot of Homer Delawie's Lanthorn Residence in La Jolla. There's a Jack Boyd and two Raul Coronel tiles on the table!
This house is for sale. Contact keith@modernsandiego.com for more information


Image: Boo Radley's


It's hard to see, but there are a couple more Jack Boyds in the house, including a unicycler. 
Image: Objects USA

Jan de Swart

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Jan de Swart Exhibition Catalog, 1963 Source: Jan de Swart
Jan de Swart Exhibition Catalog, 1963 Source: Jan de Swart
Top shelf sculpture from Sam Kaufman. Seriously, look at the photo above. It looks like the same sculpture on  the top shelf towards the left. 
Another good one from Fat Chance

Fulton Mall Clock Tower Designers West, 1974: Jan de Swart
Fulton Mall Clock Tower, 2010 This place needs some work and these people are trying to do it:  Save the Fulton Mall More Fulton Mall here

Cosanti / Earth House

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Paolo Soleri designed "Earth House" at Cosanti From the book: Artists' Handmade Houses Thanks to Daniel from Cosanti for recommending the book
Bell/light fixture!

San Diego Craft, Then and Now

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As part of their San Diego's Craft Revolution exhibit, the Mingei held a panel discussion calledSan Diego Craft, Then and Now. Larry Hunter, Wendy Maruyama and Tanya Aguiñiga discussed the history of the  San Diego State furniture program and their experiences as teachers, pupils and artists.  Larry Hunter: Woodworking, The New Wave Hunter studied under John Dirks.  
Larry Hunter Wood Clock
Wendy Maruyama Maruyama studied under Hunter and has been a professor in Woodworking and Furniture Design  at San Diego State University since 1989. 

Wendy Maruyama Book Stand
Tanya Aguiñiga Aguiñiga studied under Maruyama and now teaches at Otis College of Art and Design.
Crossing the Line: A Space by Tanya Aguiñiga at CAFAM

Molded Plywood

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From Professor Kaufman:
The "Molded Plywood" collection of four chairs designed by Charles and Ray Eames and their collaborators in the  middle of the 1940s, and introduced after the end of WWII, has the distinction of being the first example of avant-garde  furniture design finding immediate acceptance by the ordinary people for whom it was intended. Hitherto, highly  original modernist furniture appealed -- almost without exception -- to a relatively small audience of architects, college  professors, and wealthy socialites, however ideologically committed their designers were to the Common Man.  This frustrating pattern of unintended exclusivity was finally overturned by the playful and imaginative approach of the Eames  office, an achievement mostly repeated with each introduction of a new line of Eames designs.
Source: Sam Kaufman

Barton's Bonbonniere

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Victor Gruen Lamp from Barton's Bonbonniere at LACMA's  California Design, 1930-1965 "Living in a Modern Way" exhibit 
Barton's Bonbonniere Alvin Lustig is listed as the graphic design consultant 
Barton's Bonbonniere candy tin