Weekend / Stuff

Jewelry by San Diego enamelist and silversmith, James Parker.

Table with a planter



Dome House / Soleri Mills

The Dome House, 1949, in Cave Creek Arizona, by Paolo Soleri and Mark Mills. Both were former apprentices under  Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin West.  The house was commissioned by Lenora Woods, who would soon become Paolo's mother-in-law.
I've been near the house in the past. However, this time I wasn't just snooping. Docomomo hosted a tour, which was led by Director of Paolo Soleri Studios, Roger Tomalty.
Source: Julius Shulman © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute

The ribs of the dome were constructed with war surplus materials.

Source: Soleri: Architecture as Human Ecology by Antonietta Iolanda Lima

The initial design had an opaque section that was manually rotated for shade.At some point the rotating mechanism broke, so the top has been modified to shield the sun. The cooler was added and now doesn't function. It would be great to see it removed. 

Source: Julius Shulman © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute

This was worth the drive to Arizona.

The floor is intarsio, which is  not paint, but colored cement poured into grooves that were carved out of the concrete slab floor.  

Not super stoked to have visitors.

Source: Julius Shulman © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute

The shower.  I had never heard of this before, but that's an early Dick Seeger panel.

This panel was added at least ten years after construction. 

The Seegers visiting the Dome House in the late 1950s. 

Source: Arizona Designer-Craftsmen: In the Beginning, by Dave Hampton

Weekend / Stuff

David Stewart

Wayne Chapman

I now have a hanging friend for Malcolm Leland

Don Shoemaker

Roland Smith lamp with the early metal ball counterweight

Print Culture / Midcentury Graphic Design

Print Culture: Midcentury Modern Graphic Design
Curated by Dave Hampton
Art Gallery - 9th Floor,  San Diego Central Library

Barney Reid and Kay Whitcomb silkscreened textiles 


At least the war machine used to have good graphics

The defense industry was a huge client for the creatives at the time. 

War machine architecture

Convair Astronautics by Pereira & Luckman

Convair Astronautics by Pereira & Luckman. It's long gone.  

Photo: Julius Shulman © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles

Armin Richter was a great 1950s interiors shop in La Jolla

Bob Matheny was commissioned to do a sculpture for Psychology Today. Definitely not a sleeper. 

Bob Matheny is smart

A wall of exhibition posters by and for some of San Diego's greatest artists.

Gary Imhoff, a student of Richard Allen Morris, had his first art show at the age of 13.

The art prodigy is still around in San Diego and has been known to show up at openings dressed as a clown.  This is strangely a true story. 

 A Modernism San Diego Meetup group has formed and the first outing was the exhibition.

The exhibition curator, Dave Hampton

The exhibition runs until May 7, 2017

Photo: Stacy Keck