Category Archives: california

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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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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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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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

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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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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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