Carl Aubock bookends. Sam Kaufman, one of L.A.'s best 20th century dealers told me some years ago that Carl Aubock studio still existed in Vienna and was producing their old designs at the original foundry and that the output is indistinguishable from the originals.
This is an example of many that we import from Austria along with part of my collection of vintage Palshus pottery from Denmark.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
We built a great reputation over the years at OK with contemporary glass. Over the last few years I have become more interested in ceramics am heading into the year year with a commitment to four potters.
One of the newest of these is Josh Herman. Having studied with the inventory of American raku, Paul Soldner, Josh has spent the last several years developing volcanic glazes in a wide range of colors and textures.
The work ranges from beautifully thrown, light delicate vessels to the large sculptural pieces shown here.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Another beautiful bowl by George Peterson of Circle Factory. He lives and works in and earth house he and his wife built in the mountains in western North Carolina.
This is one he gifted me many years ago. He calls this the OK bowl since we worked a bit on the shape together.
His work is a bit heavy and rustic, and all made from reclaimed wood. I sent him a Bob Stocksdale bowl and a Finn Juhl bowl from my personal collection to inspire him. He took the modern fluid shapes of these items and translated them into the more rustic style of his own work.
This photo was take by my good friend Vlada at my house on original Schindler designed table in my dining room.
We have many of his bowls in many woods and sizes at the store now. We even have a few small ones which he usually is not willing to make since they are almost as much work as the bigger ones but only retail for 150. (his work is mostly 275 to 475.)
Monday, December 7, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
I think architects should, like doctor's have a version of the Hippocratic Oath. It should start with the phrase that is (incorrectly) atributed to it such as"First, do no harm".
My opinion about Schindler is shifting. He seems to really the the spaces right. Then, he starts doing amazing things with the details and geometric compositions within the structure.
This makes him different than practically every architect working today. Please send me comments on this to correct me. But, almost all new architecture I see these days seem to a concept or decorative (read conceptual b.s. here) motive at the expense of the space - or the needs of the client.
Here are some photos of some beautiful details of this house. Unfortunately there is no way to convey how nice the space is without visiting it.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Originally designed for a Christmas card in 1964 and first exhibited as a sculpture in 1966, this icon from artist Robert Indiana is still available as a reproduction in extruded aluminum.
3" tall. $70.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
A simple functional item from Japan. It's nice to grind sesame seeds into a dish for extra flavor. A mortar and pestle works great but this nifty little device is fast easy and convenient.
Put the sesame seeds in. Turn the handle and out comes freshly ground sesame. $9.50
All I can find out about this house is that it was built in 1939 by a guy who worked in RM Schindler's Office.
Really beautifully composed volumes on the facade. Fully resolved interestection of volumes with intersections of glass. Can't tell if what behind it is any more than just the box it appears to be from the street.
The old photo I saw if this house where it was painted all white looked pretty spectacular. Now part of the glass has been replaced with glass block, the plain door with a home depot pos.
In a really crappy neighborhood (above Melrose just next to the 101 freeway), surrounded by lots of old kit-houses with lots of bars on the windows.
There was an eviction notice and other papers taped to the window where they could be visible from the landing. Should be available soon. Will look into it and keep you all posted.