Wednesday, April 30, 2008
A big week for Modern Architecture in Los Angeles.
The Hammer Museum is getting getting for the July 13 opening of "John Lautner - Between Heaven and Earth". They hosted a lovely party for Lautner home owners and folks from the museum at the Garcia House. A lovely evening. It was so nice to see the house beautifully restored since the last time I was in it 15 years ago.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Not just Richard Neutra's own house, the VDL was a laboratory for his ideas. Many ideas that made their way to his projects were fleshed out here as he tried new ideas to see how they worked.
The house was donated to Cal Poly Pomona and they are working hard to raise money to preserve the structure and keep it open as a place for study and promotion of ideas of good and sustainable architecture.
Friday, April 25, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
As the fine art world seems to be grasping at straws to find more grist for its mill, it is raiding the world of collectible vintage design. Probably as a response to the wildly successful Prouve show at Gagasion Gallery (and ones of its most interesting shows in years), Sonnabend in New York is showing extremely rare and beautiful work of French designer Jean Royere.
Here is some lighting. I will post more items in next couple of weeks.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
An exhibition not to be missed. Well worth the trip from Manhatten out to Queens.
The Noguchi Garden Museum. His original studio, now a museum. The exhibition on now features the furniture corroborations of Noguchi and Kenmochi. They met at Kenzo Tango's office in 1950 and together produced a range of furniture in a variety of materials.
The original rattan and steel chair no longer exists but has been reproduced for the collection. An edition is forthcoming.
Monday, April 7, 2008
More beauty from Rx45RPM.
The entrance wall. Large tiles of custom produced curved tiles from Shigaraki. One of the oldest and most important ceramics regions in Japan. The tiles are an inovative shape designed to cast shadoes as lit from below. The heavily textured clay is typical of the region. They are unglazed but fired in a wood kiln so colors and textures come wood ash flying randomly around the kiln and bonding to the clay.
Their stores are always the most beautiful, here and in Japan. The clothes are also nice.