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Radakovich / Documentary

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A feature length documentary film project chronicling the lives and work of Toza and Ruth Radakovich is in the works.  The film, Forging Love and Wearing Sculpture - "A Cold War love story thriller and a view into the the American mid-century arts and crafts revolution."  has just launched a fundraising campaign to support a cross country filming expedition.  Jean Radakovich (right), daughter of Toza and Ruth, seen here with Verma Nequatewa, the niece of famed Hopi jeweler Charles Loloma is the force behind this project. Traveling with her is, Klaus Flouride, bassist of the 1980s punk band, The Dead Kennedys. Also, Joan Zeno, a ceramic artist and photographer and girlfriend of Toza's after Ruth died. And, Edmundo Marroquin, a Spanish metal smith who worked on many of Toza's sculptures from 1961 until he retired in the 1980s. In 2011, Boomerang for Modern hosted a showing of artwork by Ruth and Toza. The event also provided a setting for material that will be used in the…

Tackett / Thursday

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La Gardo Tackett for Freeman Lederman

Weekend / Stuff

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John Risley leaf table
Sculpture (1983) by Russell Forester More on Russell can be found here.

Tackett / Thursday

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La/Gardo

Stuart Pharmaceutical / Stone

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Stuart Pharmaceutical Company (1958) by Edward Durell Stone, with landscape design by Thomas Church.
Pasadena entrepreneur Arthur Hanisch hired Stone and Church to design a factory on the nine acre site. The building was selected by The American Institute of Architects as one of the five best designs for 1958.


The hanging discs are planters, although none of them are planted.  



The employee recreation area, including patio furniture from Brown Jordan (they were based in Pasadena at the time).  Source: Julius Shulman via Pasadena Digital History Collaboration
Photo: Julius Shulman, Getty Research Institute
Photo: Julius Shulman, Getty Research Institute
1958 Photo: Julius Shulman, Getty Research Institute
The site in 1990.  Source: Pasadena Digital History Collaboration Stuart Pharmaceutical Company was acquired by Merck/Johnson and Johnson in 1991. The property was put up for sale soon after. It was purchased by the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority in 1994. At several points it was und…

Weekend / Stuff

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Hanging lamp by Raul Coronel
Table and stuff

CA Design / 6

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California Design 6 (1960) I'll fill in the numbers later. In the meantime, you try. 



Tackett / Thursday

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•THINGS La Gardo Tackett / Freeman Lederman

VKG / Babes

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Babes on Van Keppel Green - 1947
Complete with an issue of Arts & Architecture from August 1944. Cover by Ray Eames. The magazine is a bit old considering the photo shoot was in 1947






Weekend / Stuff

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James Lovera, Tom McMillin, Evelyn Ackerman, Architectural Fiberglass/Architectural Pottery by John Follis
The James Lovera is such a good one!
Eames CTW

Tackett / Thursday

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Fish by La Gardo Tackett

Time / Life

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The 48 story Time & Life Building is  at 1271 Avenue of the Americas (6th Avenue) in Rockefeller Center, NYC. It opened in 1959 and was designed by the Rockefeller family's architect, Wallace Harrison. The exterior is really not much to look at, but the interior was incredible. Source:vintagemanhattanskyline
There is also a Josef Albers installation in the lobby: Portals (1961) carrara glass, nickel bronze and bronze Portals was installed in 1961 and is 42 feet wide by 14 feet high Source: Albers Foundation
Also in the lobby, is Relational Painting #88 (1959) by Fritz Glarner Source: Lost at E Minor
Relational Painting #88 detail Source: Blake Gopink
Charles and Ray Eames designed this reception area.  Source: Time
Another view Image: Eames Design, Neuhart
Coincidentally, when I was putting this post together, Herman Miller posted a blueprint of the desk above for #blueprintwednesday on InstagramSource: Herman Miller
The Time-Life Lobby furnishings by Charles and Ray Eames Source: Eames Office…