Yearly Archives: 2012

mel bogart ashtray stand for felmore

I was happy to stumble across this ad in the December 1953 issue of Interiors magazine that revealed the mystery of a piece from our collection! This piece was described here in my earlier post, “i like it, whatever it … Continue reading

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domus in the early fifties

For an enlightening diversion of mid century eye candy, I highly recommend exploring the range of incredible design that was given to the world by Gio Ponti’s Domus magazine of Italy during that time. A few years ago Taschen reprinted … Continue reading

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fletcher benton “synchronetic” kinetic art sculpture

This is a short video of a Synchronetic L-110, which was a limited edition kinetic art optical sculpture produced by Fletcher Benton Studios for Galeria Bonino in New York in 1969. Fletcher Benton is a sculptor who currently lives in … Continue reading

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design workshops of san francisco

While leafing through old copies of Interiors magazine today I came across a cool little article in the September 1947 issue called “Made in California” that showcased a few different furniture designs from the Golden State. The pictures above caught … Continue reading

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j. b. blunk – “the planet”

It has been gratifying to see the return of J. B. Blunk’s epic “The Planet” at the recently remodeled Oakland Museum of California, and I had been meaning to pay it a nice long visit for awhile. It is a … Continue reading

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“creating modern furniture”

These pictures are from the 1975 book “creating modern furniture” by Dona Meilach. It is a how-to book for craftspeople with lots of great basic information about building your own furniture, mainly out of wood. However, it interests me (the … Continue reading

Posted in 70's, california, craft, dan wenger, edward g. livingston, federico armijo, hal e. davis, jack rogers hopkins, jocko johnson, mabel hutchinson, svetozar radakovitch, tom tramel, william a. keyser | 4 Comments

the pacifica mystery

Through the years, while obsessively leafing through auction catalogs of 20th century design, I have often come across wrought-iron furniture pieces that I liked that were described as being from “Pacifica Designs”, or “Pacific Ironworks”, or “Pacific Iron”, or some … Continue reading

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honolulu’s IBM building – vladimir ossipoff

I am happy to report that unlike the Queen Emma building, the IBM building is still looking good! This Honolulu mid-century modern landmark was designed in 1962 by Vladimir Ossipoff and is one of the most recognizable modern buildings on … Continue reading

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queen emma building

I am sad to report that one of the most distinctive and original modern buildings in Honolulu Hawai’i has finally been altered for the worst. The Queen Emma Building in downtown Honolulu was designed in the 1960’s by Jo Paul … Continue reading

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I like it, whatever it is (#3)

My very good friend in the southland came across this piece a couple of years ago at a garage sale while he was driving around. He characterized the garage sale as having your garden-variety kids clothes and toys and general … Continue reading

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