Author Archives: Greg

barbara shawcroft and “legs”

A long and contentious relationship between Bay Area fiber artist Barbara Shawcroft and the management of the Bay Area Rapid Transit system has apparently come to a conclusion with the recent removal of her massive work titled “Legs” from the Embarcadero … Continue reading

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misattribution madness #2 – max bill

If you do a Google image search for “Max Bill lamp”, you will see a lot of pictures of a white torchiere floor lamp with a tulip shape like the one in the picture above. The same goes for a … Continue reading

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honolulu’s ibm building – february 2014 update

When I first wrote in 2012 about the iconic Honolulu IBM building that was designed by Vladimir Ossipoff in the 60’s, I didn’t realize that it was slated for demolition in 2008 by the owners at the time. Since then, … Continue reading

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misattribution madness roundup

  The misattribution of design objects to the wrong designer has been on my mind for awhile, and it turns out I’m not alone! A number of other people have been citing examples of misattribution recently, and so I’d like … Continue reading

Posted in bill curry, gregory van pelt, jean royére, lawrence peabody, luther conover, misattribution, osvaldo borsani | 2 Comments

the design in fassbinder’s “world on a wire”

I had heard that Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s film for German TV called “World On a Wire” was an especially good bleak futuristic sci-fi movie, and so I rented the DVD from Netflix. I really enjoyed the movie, but as a … Continue reading

Posted in 60's, 70's, alfred kill, fabricius and kastholm, fassbinder, joe colombo | 2 Comments

misattribution madness #1 – russel wright and conant ball

It must be the uptight nerdy part of me that always did well at spelling* that is really bugged when a design piece is misattributed to the wrong designer. So, for me, one of the big rewards I get from … Continue reading

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donald olsen’s “kip house” for sale

Famed Bay Area modernist Donald Olsen designed a number of classic modernist homes here in the Bay Area, and one of his more significant homes is on the market. It’s the Kip House, which was designed and built in 1952 … Continue reading

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mel bogart fire tools for stewart-winthrop

Here are a couple of ads from arts & architecture magazine in 1955 for fire tools designed by Mel Bogart for Stewart-Winthrop of Van Nuys, California. You may recall Mel as the designer of the cool iron ashtray stand I … Continue reading

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j. b. blunk in japan

The picture above of the artist and sculptor J. B. Blunk is from an article in the newspaper “Pacific Stars and Stripes” dated Aug 5, 1954, titled “Yank Lives in Japan For $6 a Month”. The article describes how Blunk … Continue reading

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desert modern architecture – palm springs 2012

Last October I had the pleasure of attending the “Desert Modern Architecture” tour in Palm Springs hosted by the Western Museums Association, which allowed me to visit some beautiful and stylistically different examples of 20th century modern architecture. Our tour … Continue reading

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