Category Archives: 50’s

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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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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