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Ellwood / Scientific Data Systems

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Scientific Data Systems (SDS) Administration and Engineering Building (1968) by Craig Ellwood Associates (Jim Tyler designed it) . This is one of four buildings Ellwood's firm designed and built at this El Segundo compound.
Max Palevsky, the owner of SDS, also had his friend Craig Ellwood design a desert house for him in 1969. More on that here
Source: California Modern: The Architecture of Craig Ellwood
The sculpture out front makes this building a lot more interesting.  Otherwise, it would just be a Miesian office complex. Though, as far as office complexes go, it's a good one and I'm sure it did the job.  Yellow to White to Blue and Black, by George Sugarman





Xerox took over the space after buying SDS in 1970. Now it could be yours!
First floor
Source: California Modern: The Architecture of Craig Ellwood
Ellwood was playing around with hyper-graphics at the SDS complex. Source: Arqueologi del Futuro

Tackett / Thursday

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IBM Aerospace / Noyes

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IBM Aerospace building (1963) in Los Angeles, designed by Eliot Noyes. A Quincy Jones and Frederick Emmons were associate architects on the project.  It's now home to Otis College of Art & Design
Punch card pattern
Source: Eliot Noyes: A Pioneer of Design and Architecture in the Age of American Modernsim
Prefabricated panels Source: Eliot Noyes: A Pioneer of Design and Architecture in the Age of American Modernsim
 IBM punch card
IBM 360 Source: Cray Cyber
1967 - The base was once raw concrete. Source: Getty




Weekend / Stuff

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Allan Gould Book Trough-Tables, 1952
You know what it is. I needed a brown one. 
Postmodern clock, 1984. Word on the street for the last 20 years is that Memphis is the next big thing. Maybe it's time?
George Nelson Lantern Series It's amazing that any of these survived.  I found a table one a couple years back. See it here.
1964 Howard Miller Catalog Source: Flickr / Atomicpear
1962 Howard Miller Ad Source: Flickr / Heather David

Schindler / Elliot House

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Elliot House by R.M. Schindler (1930) Part of a tour conducted by the MAK Center
At this point the house exterior is totally obscured by trees, so here is a 1980 Shulman photo. Photo: Julius Shulman, Getty Research Institute
During construction Source: The Furniture of R.M. Schindler by Berns/Gebhard
Source: The Furniture of R.M. Schindler by Berns/Gebhard


 This 1980 Julius Shulman photo was commissioned by realtor and architecture preservationist Bob Crane.  Photo: Julius Shulman, Getty Research Institute
This is what it looked like in 1980 Photo: Julius Shulman, Getty Research Institute
You'll notice this detail was gone (or covered up) in 1980.  Source: The Furniture of R.M. Schindler by Berns/Gebhard
Now it's back, including the desk. Why anyone would have removed it is beyond me.  The house was restored by Marmol Radziner. More on that, here.