Be sure to join us on Friday night November 30! For more click HERE.

Wednesday November 21, 2012

Have a Happy Turkey Day tomorrow - from all of us in the palatial Modern San Diego live/work penthouse!

Los Angeles Modern Auctions' 20th Anniversary sale (Part Two) will be held on December 16. Check out the lots online HERE.

HONOLULU MODERN! Intrepid Reporter Dave Hampton set out on a photo-essay reportage of art and architecture in the Aloha State capital HERE.

Modern San Diego will be collaborating with the La Jolla Historical Society on their interest in regional modernism. We will keep you posted on details as they become available.

Art instructor Paul Lingren and his San Diego State College students

Thursday November 8, 2012

I am often asked what influenced me to launch Modern San Diego. I am hoping to write a series of essays on that very question over time. The first installment capturing my introduction to two Mission Hills residents - Tom Robertson and Al Gabbs - is posted HERE.

Ebay’s Samuel Collection is auctioning off work by San Diegan Paul Lingren HERE. Artist Paul A. Lingren was born in Nebraska on April 16, 1923.  Lingren was a resident of Los Angeles in the 1950s and then taught art for over thirty years at San Diego State University – including serving as Department Chairman. He was a painter and printmaker whose prints are in private and public collections across the world. He died in San Diego on July 3, 1989. Check out the art - new work is being made available for sale nearly daily.

This weekend is Tucson Modernism Week. Check out the site HERE informing you about events this Friday-Sunday.

DesignOnscreen is putting out some great titles...Modern Tide; The Midcentury Architecture of Long Island being their latest. Check out their work HERE.

Canteen for the House of Recreation for Writers of Armenia, 1965-1969, Sevan Peninsula, Armenia.
Copyright: Simona Rota

Wednesday November 7, 2012

Several years ago Robert Mosher, John Henderson, Michael Theilacker, Homer Delawie, Angela Leira, John Henderson, Dick Bundy, Neil Larson and Jack Carpenter collaborated on a text defining Mid-Century Architecture in San Diego. A limited quantity of these publications sought to both define this body of work, and through informing others - protecting the architecture itself. The San Diego Architectural Foundation is seeking donations to support publishing the effort for wider distribution. You can donate HERE.

The Dwell San Diego Home Tour(s) this weekend are Sold Out. And for those that want to keep the theme going – Dwell is moving on… to Silicon Valley. “With pioneers such as Richard Neutra carving out a footprint in the ’30s and Joseph Eichler and other modernist visionaries building prolifically in the ’60s, the associated architectural style predates the widespread use of the area’s now well-known name.” As in San Diego, the magazine will select ten contemporary homes … read more HERE.

If you haven’t stopped by Alan Hess’s site lately – you may have missed a number of his speaking engagements and his latest book. Frank Lloyd Wright: Natural Design, Organic Architecture: Lessons for Building Green from an American Original represents Wright as familiar with how architecture solved the challenges of heating, cooling and illumination in the days before central heat, air-conditioning, and electricity. Visit his site HERE to keep updated on Alan's goings-ons...

Modern San Diego friend Rupert shared his San Diego Shortlist story map recently HERE and then moved on to Palm Springs HERE. Check 'em out.

Daniel Gregory, author of Cliff May and the Modern Ranch House, will discuss this colorful man and his astounding houses this Thursday November 8, as part of the Neutra House Architectural Speaker Series. Gregory’s talk will take place in Los Altos – if you’re in the neighborhood! Read more HERE.

A new exhibition, 'Soviet Modernism 1955-1991: Unknown Stories,' is launching at Vienna's Architekturzentrum! The show highlights diverse design approaches throughout Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Krygyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, the Ukraine and Uzbekistan AKA the former USSR. Read a bit more and check out the slideshow HERE. You can purchase the catalogue HERE.

Erik Portland

Tuesday November 6, 2012

Our colleague Dave Hampton recently flew up to see Reflecting On Erik Gronborg, an exhibition of ceramic objects at Portland's Museum of Contemporary Craft. The Museum presented four exhibitions of Gronborg's work between 1967 and 1977, prior to the artist relocating to San Diego – where he has been for the last forty years. Read more HERE.

George Nelson: Architect, Writer, Designer, Teacher, the first comprehensive retrospective devoted to George Nelson (1928–1986), one of the most influential figures in American post-war design, opens at the Yale School of Architecture Gallery this Thursday, November 8. Best known today as the creator of the Marshmallow Sofa, Ball Clock, and Bubble Lamps, Nelson was a gifted and indefatigable visionary who also excelled as an architect, urban planner, exhibition designer, corporate image-maker, and author. The exhibition presents more than 120 examples of his home and office furnishings, as well as 50-plus drawings, photographs, architectural models, films, and other materials that document the full range of his extraordinary achievement. If you are planning to be near the Yale campus in the coming weeks or months, check out their site HERE.

Yutsai Wang, an LA-based architectural photographer in Los Angeles, recently entered a photograph of Louis Kahn’s Salk Institute, in La Jolla, in an architectural photography competition sponsored by the Palm Springs Modernism Week. Wang, who considers Salk architect Kahn “the most important architect in the 20th century” just beat out 399 others. Read more HERE.

Five Thot just posted 'House Porn: A. Quincy Jones., Architect. Modernist.' including some pretty great photos HERE.

John Johansen in his Plastic Tent House (ca. 1975)

Monday November 5, 2012

You can't swing a dead cat by the tail, on the web, without running into yet another 'mid-century' blog, site, tumblr etc. Check out this new one (for me) capturing Smith & Williams' Booth Residence HERE.

The Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center’s Edwards Harris Pavilion is going to stand out. The museum is embarking on a campaign to raise $1.5 million to renovate E. Stewart Williams’ Santa Fe Federal Savings (ca. 1960). Read more HERE.

On Tuesday, November 13, at 7 p.m., Richard Neutra’s son, architect Dion Neutra, will discuss his father’s work and philosophy when he presents “Neutra Architecture: The View From Inside” at the AIA North Carolina Center for Architecture and Design in downtown Raleigh, NC. A partner in his father’s firm, Dion will share his personal and professional views of the sensitivity to the relationship of man and nature that he and his father called bio-realism. If you are planning to be in the area click HERE first!

According to the New York Times, “John M. Johansen, a celebrated modernist architect and the last surviving member of the Harvard Five, a group that made New Canaan, Conn., a hotbed of architectural experimentation in the 1950s and ’60s, died Friday in Brewster, Mass. He was 96.” Johansen studied under Walter Gropius, the founder of Germany’s Bauhaus school, at Harvard. In 1948 John opened his office in New Canaan, joining four other young modernist architects — Philip Johnson, Marcel Breuer, Landis Gores, and Eliot Noyes – the five-man architectural movement became widely recognized for designing structures conveying the optimism of the time. Read more HERE.

Jack Hall's Robert Hatch House, Cape Cod

Sunday November 4, 2012

We spend a fair amount of time each year in Cape Cod. Beyond bicycling, swimming and eating loads of seafood, we hunt down post-war modern homes like the Hatch House. The National Post provides a good outline of what was going on... read the article HERE.

When The Atlantic posts an article titled 'What It Was Like to Work for Charles and Ray Eames?', one has to read it! Check it out HERE.

For the moment the David & Gladys Wright Residence by the client's father, Frank Lloyd Wright, has been spared from the wrecking ball. The New York Times chronicles the story and outlines how (potentially) historic sites are always, seemingly, at risk. Read the story HERE.

We checked out the Pasadena Museum of California Art's show, ‘Greta Magnusson Grossman: A Car and Some Shorts'. The show is amazing.
They did not let us take any photos! Their press photo is above. Learn more HERE.

Saturday November 3, 2012

San Diego Magazine profiled the owners of Loch Crane's Milton Fillius Residence (1952) in Point Loma. The cul-de-sac boasts four Crane designs! Read the article HERE.

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) announced Part Two of their 20th Anniversary Auction - scheduled for Sunday, December 16. Read more HERE.
Read the results of their last auction HERE.

The Los Angeles Times' review of ‘Greta Magnusson Grossman: A Car and Some Short features this great quote: “She was a major player in the 1940s and '50s, a media darling pictured alongside Charles Eames and Isamu Noguchi, and poof, she disappears,” said Evan Snyderman, the furniture dealer and co-owner of R 20th Century in New York, the gallery that acquired Grossman’s archives and sells vintage Grossman pieces. “She walked away from the world of design, built a home in San Diego and started painting landscapes.” Read the full article HERE.


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