Weekend / Stuff

La Gardo Tackett

Anyone seen this one before? It looks like some sort of VKG contraption.

Another California Design catalog

This one is pretty special. It belonged to one of my favorite potters, Jean Balmer.

LAMA / 25

In October of 1992 LAMA had their first auction. So on this, their 25th anniversary auction, it looks like they are offering up a little more of the modern classics than usual, including a lot of Eames! 
It's safe to say that the Eames are a sentimental favorite for most modern dealers.  In the whole scheme of things it doesn't sell for all that much, but it truly is some of the greatest American Design. I love that LAMA keeps putting it in their sales. 
 The pair of 421 N ESUs will most likely be the exception to the Eames not selling for a lot rule. These examples are as good as it gets. They are being sold individually, but it would be a shame if the same person doesn't buy both. Whatever they sell for, it will be a great deal because they should be worth double. 
Now stuffed animal chairs on the other hand....
Funny things is the Campana Brothers chairs on the left are estimated at the exact same price as the ESUs above. Go figure. 

George Nelson. Nice Kite clock up there.

R.M. Schindler chair from the Lechner House, 1948

KEM Weber Airline chair, 1934. It almost seems like LAMA found the dumpster where Disney tossed all of these. 

West Coast Hard-edge. That's a fantastic Karl Benjamin on the lower left.

Frederick Hammersley made great frames.

Ed Kiinholz currency has definitely outpaced inflation. Below them is a sweet George Herms from the Blankfort Collection. It hung at LACMA in 1980s and has a great label on the back to prove it.
Ken Price Astronauts in the Ocean (1960-1961)
This is one of six Price lots in the sale. 

Speaking of Price. He was still at it in 2004.

Peter Voulkos (1952)
Pete could throw a great classical pot before he went Hendrix. 

Move along. There's nothing to see here.

The auction is this Sunday.

Weekend / Stuff

More iron


Dieter Rams / Braun

Dieter Rams/Braun exhibition at JF Chen
Curated by Daniel Ostroff, with exhibition design by Clare Graham

Dieter Rams TP 1 and T 3 radio. These are rare!
The first iPod is obviously based off the T3. Actually most Apple designs borrow heavily from Dieter Rams.
If you don't believe me, read this.

TP 1 in action. To really see it in action, check out this video.

Source: MoMA

Braun SK 4 or "Snow White's Coffin," designed by Rams and Hans Gugelot

The Vitsoe shelving by Dieter Rams was provided by the company. They have a new showroom in Los Angeles

The stools are Stapelprogramm 740 for Vitsoe, 1973

Atelier 1 Audio System. That stand is rare. This and many other pieces are on loan from Future Forms.

My stereo is hanging out here for a while. 

The Joel Chen motto is More is More. 

The grinders and toasters

The poster was designed by Gary Hustwit. His documentary film on Rams should be out later this year.  Read more here.

The exhibition is ending soon, so make sure to get over there fast. 

Colonial / Modern

Do you remember these string tables? They came from the estate of a gentleman who was an industrial design professor in Pasadena during the early 1950s. The mix of modest materials, simple construction and clean lines hit all the right notes for me. I sold them a while back, which I sort of regret. However, they landed in good hands. 
Designer C.S. Valentin incorporated them into a project for a 19th-century sea captain’s house on the South Shore of Long Island.

The tables look a lot happier here than they did languishing in storage. 

Read the full story on Remodelista.