Erik Gronborg / Experience

THE ERIK GRONBORG EXPERIENCE
The first major retrospective devoted to Erik Gronborg presents a full picture of the Danish-born American artist’s creative life over fifty-five years. Guest-curated by Dave Hampton, this project brings together examples of Gronborg’s sculpture in cast bronze, carved wood, and other media, as well as studio furniture and a comprehensive survey of his ceramics. Images of the remarkable house and garden that Erik and his wife Irina have carefully modified over the years in Solana Beach will add environmental context for the objects in the exhibition.








Photos of Erik's home and garden were taken by Darren Bradley






A timeline of Gronborg cups

In addition to the clay, wood, plastic, and metal- Gronborg’s writing is also featured in the exhibition. This includes the Gronborg typeface on the cover. 
The publication is available for free at the Mingei.

THE ERIK GRONBORG EXPERIENCE runs until March 12, 2017

General Lighting Company / Case Study

The Visionease by General Lighting Company 

Arts & Architecture (1949)

Louis Danziger designed this ad, which ran in Arts and Architecture in 1949. 
The Marv Rand photo was taken in Case Study House 8 (The Eames House), while it was under construction.  

Merit specified for the Case Study House Program 

J.R. Davidson House (1950)
Source: Julius Shulman © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute



Ladislav Sutnar design for General Lighting Company

Source: MoMa


Although we know some great designers worked on the graphics for General Lighting, many of the lamp designs are just credited to the General Lighting Company, with no specific designer named. That's often the case when in-house designers are used.

One of those in-house designers was the company's president, Harry Handler (I bet that name was rough in junior high). 
He designed several versions of this gooseneck lamp for his company. 
 
There is a notable exception with this sconce design by George Nelson in 1947.


And this George Nelson design from 1947.

Source: Wright (Up for auction now!)


Nelson also designed this solid rod three arm version of the lamp. It was included in two different Walker Art Center publications, in 1949 and 1950.

So back to this lamp. 
Was Nelson's contribution the third "straight" arm, or did he design the Visionease as well?

Weekend / Stuff

Ceramics, including Wayne Chapman and Kenji Fujita

Wood totem

Is anyone missing a Neutra table?



Weekend / Stuff

The Coloring Toy (1955) by the Eames Office. Deborah Sussman is responsible for much of the package design. The hands coloring on the box belong to Sansi Girard (Alexander's granddaughter).
Photo book documenting the Herman Miller plant on 4131 Redwood Ave in Los Angeles

Yep, more iron

Well done iron

Textiles

Smalls