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LBC / Interpace

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Southern California Edison building in Long Beach, CA I thought the building had an Edward Killingsworth look to it, but Nate Cole from Unique California Property sent out the KBS bat signal and confirmed that it was not a Killingsworth, Brady, Smith and Associates project. Although, in 1970 KBS did design a building in Huntington Beach for Southern California Edison that was never built. I'm guessing this building came about a couple years before that. 
Those are Interpace tiles. This particlular pattern was designed by Harrison McIntosh. I'd like to thank the American Museum of Ceramic Art for confirming that. 


I took the image above at the Common Ground: Ceramics in Southern California exhibition at theAmerican Museum of Ceramic Art.  In 1962, Gladding, McBean & Company merged with Lock Joint Pipe Company, forming International Pipe and Ceramics Corporation, or Interpace. Millard Sheets was hired as a consultant to Interpace in 1963. Big names in ceramics, like Harrison Mc…

Tackett / Thursday

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Ackerman / Hand in Hand

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The book signing for Hand-In-Hand at Reform Gallery was quite an event.
 The authors, Dan Chavkin and Lisa Thackberry, and Jerome Ackerman were on hand (ha) to sign books. 
Evelyn and Jerome
Enamel by Evelyn and JENEV ceramics

Jerry Ackerman with Gerard (Reform Gallery owner).  Gerard is the like kid who gets to hang out with his favorite ball players. Though in this case he's a California fan, not the Yankees. 
This was after the crowd thinned out quite a bit.  At one point, people were spilling out onto the street.

Here's the book.
It was a book signing after all.
I'm pretty jealous of Jerry's California Design catalog collection. I need that top one.
The book has tons of process-related ephemera and historical images.
Dan and Lisa did a fantastic on the book. I highly recommend getting a copy. More information can be found at Pointed Leaf

Weekend / Stuff

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Herbert Bayer, lighting and teak
Alvin Lustig
General merchandise My favorite thing from the weekend is the Japanese stand.
My Jean Balmer rock has a new perch.

Schindler / Bonhams

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A Rudolph M. Schindler painted douglas fir and frosted glass floor lamp from the Wolfe House, which was demolished in 2002. 
It's part of the Bonhams: 20th Century Decorative Arts and Designauction.


Wolfe House
Source: Schindler by David Gebhard


Ethel Wolfe in her living room Source: The Furniture of R.M. Schindler by Berns/Gebhard
Charles Wolfe
Source: The Furniture of R.M. Schindler by Berns/Gebhard

The demise of the Wolfe house was a long and sad saga. David Leclerc recounts his experience with the house from 1996 to 2001, here.. The house was condemned by that time and was being used by squatters and such. The custom Schindler furniture was piled up in front of the house.  According to the description in the Bonhams catalog, the lamp was acquired from the Wolfe House (basically a dumpster dive).Ultimately, someone bought the house and scraped the land to built a piece of junk that can be seen here. Photo: LA Forum




The person who consigned all the Schindler lots lived in the Walker Hous…

Tackett / Thursday

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La Gardo Tackett change pockets