about modernacious

umanoff chair

chair attributed to Arthur Umanoff

In 2011 I decided to spend more time studying 20th century design. I’m interested in furniture, lighting, industrial objects, crafts, art and architecture.

My focus is on post-war California designers, manufacturers, craftspeople and architects – but really, it’s a big wide world and there’s a lot of amazing design that happened and that I love to learn more about.

I would like this blog to be a place where I keep track of the topics that interest me, and where I can share these things with the world. OK, maybe two or three people.


16 Responses to about modernacious

  1. Alex says:

    Nice blog. I’ve seen pictures of the Liljestrand house from when it was selected as the House Beautiful Pace setter house of 1958, but didn’t know it was open for visits and that it still even features the original furniture as seen on the HB cover… I’m a collector of furniture, lamps and crafts of the post war era in California. Please feel free to get in touch if you are a collector yourself and like to exchange info about designers and architects of this era.

    My best,

    • Greg Greg says:

      Hi Alex, thanks for the nice commment and the info! It sounds like we share the same area of interest. I will keep that in mind and likewise, please feel free to get in touch. FYI I have been digging a little deeper on the Pacifica marketing campaign of the early fifties and hope to share some of that on the blog soon. All the best! – Greg

  2. Michael says:

    Thanks for the enlightenment to the beautiful.

  3. melinda says:

    What a treat to find your blog tonight – love that umanoff chair- I am pretty much a Mondo Blogo – Esoteric Survey addict and now… a new addition

    • Greg Greg says:

      Thanks for the nice comment! Those are two great blogs and I am very pleased that you like my blog too. And glad you like the Umanoff chair – I plan to post more pix of it soon.
      – Greg

  4. hi there,

    just came across your blog via a photo of the queen emma building you shot in honolulu. what a find! i certainly share your interests. working on a book about hawaii modernism and wondering if you have anything that should be included. if so please contact me.

    andrew danish

    pd: where r u?

    • Greg Greg says:

      Hi Andrew,

      Nice to hear from you and thanks for the comment!

      Your book on Hawai’i Modernism sounds great – good luck with that and I look forward to hearing more about it. I will get back to you on other possible Hawaiian modern topics you might find interesting – off the top of my head there’s the Hon-Chew Hee concrete facade for an apartment building in Honolulu I blogged about earlier.

      And I am in the San Francisco Bay Area and try to get over to the islands once a year.

  5. Bob Ayre says:

    see also http://www.zuzax.net for my jewelry

    I am trying to find a contact for Federico Armijo the woodworker.

    My wife and I represented Federico as wellas Max Chavez at “10 Crafstman” in Old Town Albuquerque.

    Happy Trails

  6. Bill Stern says:

    Does anyone have biographical information about Dorothy Schindele? Or information about Modern Color beyond its address?

    • Greg Greg says:

      Good question, Bill. If I can scrape up any info about Dorothy Schindele and Modern Color I will be happy to share!

  7. Hi there,

    Great blog, am visiting Palm Springs in first week in September and wondering if there are any personal architectural guides or tours we can join while there…….

    • Greg Greg says:

      Hey Michael, thanks!

      I’m afraid I don’t know of any guided architectural tours of Palm Springs that I can recommend in September. During Palm Springs Modernism Week in February every year there are tours. Otherwise, you may wish to try the self-guided iPhone tour app from PS ModCom: http://psmodcom.org/. You can see quite a bit of cool MCM architecture in Palm Springs just by driving around if you know where to look, and the app above should have some good addresses to check out. Hope that helps!

  8. I was pleased to see a reference to me on your webpage, referring to the Dona Meilach book that has photos of my work from the 70s. Wanted to let you know that after an absence of 30 years I returned to chair design in 2009. Very happy to be back making studio furniture, this time with the help of my son.

    • Greg Greg says:

      Hi Daniel, so nice to hear from you and that you are continuing to work in chair design! I love your iron and leather sling chairs and hope to see some in person one day. Good luck to you and your son with the chairs and everything else!

  9. Tonia Moy says:

    Aloha Greg,

    I belong to Docomomo Hawaii and I am a preservation architect in Hawaii. I was doing some research for an article at Historic Hawaii when I stumbled on your blog. If you are interested, please check out our facebook page for our events. I think you will find them interesting and we’d love to meet another modernist!

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