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Weekend / Stuff

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More Yanagi and books
Soleri and smalls

Tackett / Thursday

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Tackett Thursday (travel delay)  As seen in the Henry Ford Museum archives Mr. Tackett is now in charge

Lloyd Ruocco / City Heights

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The Linton House (1955) by Lloyd Ruocco and the client, electrical engineer Russ Linton. 
Photo: Darren Bradley
Photo: Darren Bradley
Photo: Darren Bradley
Here is a cell phone shot I took when I toured it last week. This post and beam structure with tongue in groove ceilings is in incredible original condition. Douglas Fir plywood panels and cork flooring are used throughout the house. So are the custom corrugated fiberglass lighting fixtures. The use of modest materials is what modern for the masses was all about and this application is amazing.House flippers and anyone with thoughts of "updating" need not apply. The owners of the house are looking for the right caretakers to preserve this one owner gem. Modern San Diego will be hosting an open house Thursday, June 25 between 5-7 p.m. at 2524 44th Street, 92105.

Weekend / Stuff

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Douglass Deeds bench by Architectural Fiberglass, a division of Architectural Pottery
Pots, in glass and clay
Ravenware catch all, Abel Sorenson Boltabest trays and The Smiths 

Tackett / Thursday

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Detail on a La Gardo Tackett studio piece

Domes / KG Guest Essay

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In 1879, when the tracks to the Southern Pacific Railroad ran out, five overheated workers from Yuma dug their heels in the sand—and the community of Terminus, Arizona, was born. The three buildings they raised in the aridity of the high Sonoran desert were truly the “end of the line.” When the summer heat wave ended, the tracks from Terminus resumed to Tucson, and the micro-village grew into a small town. In a nod to local prehistory for the nearby Hohokam ruins—or perhaps to avoid christening the place as a future ghost town—railroad executives redubbed Terminus as “Casa Grande.”The town boomed as a railhead to mining prospects, but fires levelled the town center to cinders twice within a decade. When mining slowed in the 1890s, agriculture took over, and Casa Grande settled into itself, with a current population of about 48,000. True to its railway roots, Casa Grande is alternately referred to as the “crossroads” and “heart” of Arizona: smack at the intersection of the I-10 and I-8…

Charles Eames / 108

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Charles Eames would have been 108 today

Corita Kent / PMCA

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Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent, at the Pasadena Museum of California Art Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent is the first full-scale exhibition to survey the entire career of pioneering artist and designer Corita Kent (1918–1986). For over three decades, Corita experimented in printmaking, producing a groundbreaking body of work that combines faith, activism, and teaching with messages of acceptance and hope. A Sister of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Corita taught in the art department at Immaculate Heart College (IHC) in Los Angeles from 1947 through 1968. Early print by Sister Corita
Hey, Eames wire chairs?
Charles Eames with Sister Corita Image: Eames: Beautiful Details byThe Eames Office
Image: Eames: Beautiful Details byThe Eames Office
Exploded view drawing of the 670/671 by Eames Office employee Charles Kratka, with lettering by Sister Corita Kent!
Love, Peace and Social Justice
F is for Food (1964) 

Prototype suitcase design for Samsonite. It never went into production. 


The e…

Weekend / Stuff

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Architectural Pottery
Smalls
Smalls
A pile of Peter Pepper Products

Tackett / Thursday

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La Gardo Tackett

Bill Curry / Parachute Market

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The Bill Curry exhibition by Reform Gallery at the Parachute Market in downtown Los Angeles
The Curry family and a couple of collectors worked with Reform, so the collection was quite impressive. The mold to the Stemlite globe is on top of the far pedestal. The Stemlite factory mold
Cattail Screen

Painting by Bill Curry
Sweet ephemera

NFS had a nice spread, including this Cees Braakman table. 
..also this Architectural Fiberglass trashcan. So stealth.
There was also a lot of really good contemporary art and design at the market. I'm a vintage guy so I failed to capture most of it. I did get a photo of the Ricky Clifton installation from the Window.