Monthly Archives: March 2012

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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greta grossman show coming to pasadena in october

Okay, time to mark the calendars! The show “Greta Magnusson Grossman: A Car and Some Shorts” will travel to the Pasadena Museum of California Art and be on exhibit October 28, 2012 – February 24, 2013. It’s the first comprehensive museum exhibition … Continue reading

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