Palm Springs / Modernism 2017

Archive 20th Century stacked it high with great stuff

Reform Gallery with California's finest

J.B. Blunk at Reform Gallery

Sputnik does not mess around. Get it, they're from Texas.


Red had these great Allen Ditson chairs

Atomic Home Modern

Dharam Damama

Dave Hampton of Objects USA showed work by Kay Whitcomb

The Museum Of California Design Plastics from Paradise: California Modernizes the American Lifestyle Exhibition

  The Viejas box on the right was loaned by Keith York of Modern San Diego.
The 17th annual Palm Springs Modernism Show did not disappoint this year. Dealers brought some great pieces and the crowds showed up in full force to scoop it up. The show is over, but Modernism Week events are still going on. 

Weekend / Stuff

Jack Boyd


Genaro Alvarez

Greta Grossman

Alexander Girard and George Nelson/Irving Harper

Internment / Executive Order

Executive Order 9066: February 19th, 1942, President Roosevelt authorized the internment thousands of American citizens of Japanese ancestry and resident aliens from Japan. Roosevelt's order affected 117,000 people of Japanese descent, two-thirds were native-born citizens of the United States.
Ruth Asawa's father Umakichi, a 60 year-old farmer who had been living in the United States for forty years, was arrested by FBI agents and taken to a camp in New Mexico. The family did not see him for almost two years.
Ruth (seated second from the left) was sent along with her mother and five siblings to the Santa Anita race track in Arcadia, California, where they lived for five months in two horse stalls. They took only what they could carry. “The stench was horrible,” she recalled. “The smell of horse dung never left the place the entire time we were there.” Read more, here.
Source: Ruth Asawa

George Nakashima was forced, along with his wife and newborn daughter Mira, into a camp, in Idaho.
Source: PRI

Yellow Landscape, 1943 by Isamu Noguchi
Noguchi, as a resident of New York, was exempt from internment. However, he decided to enter the Poston War Relocation Center, in Arizona. This incredible act is the subject of an exhibition at The Noguchi Museum: Self-Interned, 1942: Noguchi in Poston War Relocation Center.
Source: Noguchi Foundation via Archpaper

Excerpt of an incredible essay written by Noguchi.

John McLaughlin was a Japanese translator at California’s Manzanar internment camp

Photo: Ansel Adams

Alexandra Lange wrote a great piece on Curbed: The forgotten history of Japanese-American designers’ World War II internment, which includes Minoru Yamasaki and Ray Komai.

Weekend / Stuff

Greta Grossman bar cart 

Luther Conover stools



Neutra / Roberts

The J.M. Roberts House (1955) by Richard Neutra
The 2,580 square foot structure is sited on a 3.45 acre hilltop in West Covina, CA. 

The house is for sale and Nate Cole of Unique California Property has the listing. That's Nate in action off in the distance.

 It was in sad shape just a few years ago and has been meticulously restored by Eric Lamers.

Can you tell that I'm into this corner?

The view from the living room.
This is just a few minutes from the 10 freeway in West Covina!

There are three bathrooms; pink, yellow, and blue.

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

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

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

Here is what the house looked like before the restoration.

Carpet and wallpaper??

The years were not kind to this poor house

Luckily the built in room divider was under that awful paneling. See below.

 You're safe now.

This is what dreams are made of.

BMW 1600 Alpina
I found out later it's owned by Period Correct.