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A Handbook of California Design / 1930-1965: Craftspeople, Designers, Manufacturers

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A Handbook of California Design, 1930-1965: Craftspeople, Designers, Manufacturers This new publication by LACMA is a compendium of 140 profiles of California designers and manufacturers. It serves as a companion piece to their PST exhibition catalog, California Design, 1930-1965: "Living in a Modern Way". Edited by LACMA curator Bobbye Tigerman with contributions by Staci Steinberger, Jennifer Munro Miller and Lacy Simkowitz.
The handbook is set up with a short biography and photo for each entry. Here is the one Doyle Lane.
Barney Reid's photo
The elusive Hawk House
A great photo of La Gardo Tackett
Olga Lee and Milo Baughman  This is one of my favorite images in the book. 
 Connections and Collaborations inforgraphic from the handbook.  
This chart illustrates the common institutions, organizations and publications the designers in the handbook were associated with.  The most common linkage is the Pasadena Art Museum's California Design exhibitions. This really does attest  to t…

James Hubbell / In Search Of Shadows

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In Search Of Shadows: James Hubbell Sculpture at the Oceanside Museum of Art









Paul Evans / Designer & Sculptor

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Paul Evans: Designer & Sculptor Architecture and design writer Jeffrey Head has a great new book out on the east coast designer-craftsman. The foreword is by Adriana Kertzer, with an introduction by longtime Evans collaborator Dorsey Reading  and the afterword is by Richard Wright. Jefrey has put together a tremendous amount of research into the  exploration of the life and work of Evans. The 220 photos are pretty great as well. 
Evans, the metalsmith craftsman. Rochester Institute of Technology Brochure, 1952
The showroom Paul Evans and Phillip Lloyd Powell shared in New Hope, Pennsylvania
Paul Evans, Phillip Lloyd Powell and Jens Risom for Designer's Inc. I'm down for that.
Paul Evans and Phillip Lloyd Powell stereo cabinet
Sculpted panel, 1965 
Sculpture 
Sofa, 1964

Door knocker for Directional, 1964 Jeffrey does a great job exploring Evan's relationship with Directional, which began in 1964 when he replaced Paul McCobb.  
Directional, Patchwork, 1969
In the 1970s Evans was doing t…

Palm Springs / Modernism Week

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Richard Neutra Kaufmann house.

For the second year in a row, Funkis has set up shop at the Palm Canyon Galleria for the entire month of February. Ken has the good classic modern stuff.
These Otto Kolb lamps don't show up very often.
This fiber and metal sculpture is insane.  You still have a week to visit Funkis. 
Peter Voulkos fat head stack pot. This was at the The Palm Springs Fine Art Fair.   

George Rickey at the The Palm Springs Fine Art Fair.   There was also one at the Modernism show, but that's a story for another day. This booth also had a $16 million dollar Jackson Pollock drip painting on opening night. 
Marc Sijan sculpture at the The Palm Springs Fine Art Fair These things are freaky real.
Really freaky
The Taliesin booth at the Modernism show had models of the structures built by architecture students.  They actually live in them while studying at Taliesin. This particular structure is by John Lautner.  I asked if Paolo Soleri built one and they told me he got kicked out of Tal…

Albert Frey / Studio 111

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Just in time for Palm Springs Modernism, Studio 111 pulled out a collection of Albert Frey furniture.  The set was custom built for the Palm Springs home of Frey's longtime lover and friend, Elise Wolfe.

The collection includes a globe lamp, a signature piece in many of Frey's residential projects. 
There's the switch.
Frey Residence II Image: Pacific Standard

There are blueprints and photos that document the source.  They can be seen here above the Frey desk. Considering the time period and the intimate relationship with the owner, Frey probably sketched out some important projects at that desk.  
Custom wall-mounted desk lamp.
Elise and Albert

That's Mr. Frey to you. 1949

Limboman in action.  He'd love to sell you some Albert Frey furniture.