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Elevator Electric Inc. by John S. M. Daniels at 8775 Balboa

Tuesday February 25, 2014

This coming Saturday (March 1), between 2-5pm, Boomerang for Modern will host a book signing for the new book California’s Designing Women 1896-1986. Join author Bill Stern and designers Marilyn Austin, Arline Fisch, Judith Hendler and Cher Pendarvis at 2475 Kettner Blvd. for a fantastic afternoon conversation. Marilyn Austin who, in the 1960s, designed large-scale Modernist ceramics for Architectural Pottery and large-scale Modernist fiberglass planters for Architectural Fiberglass. San Diego-based Arline Fisch is best known for her silver work, which is in the collections of major museums around the world. Judith Hendler began making jewelry in the 1970s when she found a stash of surplus acrylic that had been intended for aircraft windshields and fighter plane canopies. Cher Pendarvis, of Ocean Beach, began shaping surfboards in the 1970s and was the first woman in the Channin Surfboards factory in San Diego County. Learn more HERE.

Draft profiles of both Guy Anderson and Neptune & Thomas Associates have been uploaded HERE and HERE. Please let me know if you have any further details.


Cubic by Lykos & Goldhammer

Monday February 17, 2014

I continue to upload profiles of architects absent from Modern San Diego after all these years. The latest is a draft outline of Al Beadle's work in the County. Check it out HERE. I also updated George Lykos' page HERE. Still looking for more information on these folks!

I am trying to source examples of Streamline Modern architecture across San Diego County. For starters, I have posted a list HERE. Otherwise please drop me a line HERE if you know of any!


Objects USA's booth at Modernism Week

Sunday February 16, 2014

On Saturday, March 1st between 2-5pm, join author Bill Stern and designers Marilyn Austin, Arline Fisch, Judith Hendler and Cher Pendarvis for a special book signing at Boomerang for Modern (2475 Kettner Blvd.). Bill Stern and his guests will be signing California’s Designing Women 1896-1986 which features forty-six of the many women designers across the golden state.  

In a few weeks, Los Angeles' Architecture & Design Film Festival will feature 30 films from around the world, including profiles of British fashion and textile designer Paul Smith, architect Tadao Ando and Italian graphic designers Massimo and Lella Vignelli. Several documentaries will focus on California design, including "The Oyler House," a profile of the Richard Neutra designed home; as well as "Coast Modern," a look at West Coast modernist architecture. More information can be found HERE.

The only Arts & Architecture sponsored Case Study House project built in Arizona, Al Beadle’s ‘Triad Apartments’ (ca. 1962) is up for sale! Check it out HERE.

If you're up in Rancho Mirage, you can use THIS MAP to find some great homes.


McDonald's franchise #1 in Phoenix, AZ

Thursday February 13, 2014

I am working on profiles of several firms that have been absent from Modern San Diego to date. The first of which is for the firm of Bird, Fujimoto & Fish. Several weeks ago retired architect Charles Fish and his family approached me following my Frank L. Hope presentation at the San Diego History Center. Mr. Fish provided a few details I had not known prior -- that he was the draftsman for McDonald's #1 in Phoenix (while working for Stanley Meston); that he worked with James Bird on on one of my favorite local buildings - the Fifth Avenue Commercial Building (topped by Mr. A's); as well as the Westgate Hotel downtown.While what I have posted is only the beginning, I hope to add to this page in the near future.

Only 8 years after meeting John Sigurdson, have I come around to putting up a bio page on him HERE. While culling through Robert Des Lauriers' materials with his family, I came across details about the projects that Des Lauriers-Sigurdson developed including Sigurdson's own home. I hope to add more information and images to this page shortly. Please send along any information you may have!


'Lynn G. Fayman: A Colorful Life' at The Museum of Photographic Arts

Sunday February 9, 2014

BLOWN AWAY. With gratitude to Danah and Corey Fayman for donating Lynn Fayman's photographic archive, the Modern San Diego staff are ecstatic about the new MOPA Show ' A Colorful Life'. The exhibition of Mr. Fayman's work is but the tip of an iceberg - as hundreds more of the images in the archive could be revealed. At Friday night's opening, we had the good fortune of seeing Danah and Corey praised from the podium by MOPA's Executive Director followed by staff walking us through the show and sharing insights into how it was pieced together. Appopriately the curatorial team leveraged the uniqueness of the short-lived Kodak Flexichrome platform and Fayman's direct references to Bauhaus photographer Lazlo Moholy-Nagy circa 1949. A must-see experience. The show will be on view through May 11.

With thanks to Stanley Gould Jr., I was able to add more information to his dad's firm's profile HERE.

Bill Stern's new book, 'California's Designing Women 1896-1986', is out. Check it out HERE.

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