10.23.2013

MODERNIST ROMANCE

The architectural past of Barcelona’s suburb Sarrià-Sant Gervasi photographed by Salva López for Monocle Mediterraneo 2013.

I chose for this post only a few photos, mostly close-ups and details but you can see more here.

10.22.2013

THE SCHAFFER RESIDENCE

The Schaffer Residence designed by John Lautner in 1949 for the mother of one of his employees. Located at the foot of the Verdugo Mountains in Glendale, it's a modest two-bedroom, one-and-half bathroom home that opens up to the surrounding oak forest with a wall of glass doors and wood beam rafters. Featured in the film "A Single Man" by Tom Ford.

All images Joe Fletcher Photography

THE KAUFMANN HOUSE


The Kaufmann House, located in Palm Springs, California, is one of the best-known designs by Richard Neutra, a Viennese-born architect who moved to the United States in the 1920s and designed homes for the next few decades for many wealthy West Coast clients.


Completed between 1946-1947, the Kaufmann House was a vacation home for Edgar J. Kaufmann and his family to escape the harsh winters of the northeast. After Kaufmann died in 1955, the house stood vacant for several years. It then had a series of owners and several renovations.


In 1992 Brent Harris and his wife Beth Edwards Harris bought the house and commissioned Marmol Radziner and Associates to restore it. Without the original plans for the house, the Harrises dug through the Neutra archives at the University of California, Los Angeles, looking at hundreds of Neutra’s sketches of details for the house. They persuaded Julius Shulman to let them examine dozens of never-printed photographs of the home’s interior, and found other documents in the architectural collections at Columbia University.

Describing the results of the restoration in The Los Angeles Times in 1999, Nicolai Ouroussoff, now the architecture critic for The New York Times, said the house could “now be seen in its full glory for the first time in nearly 50 years.”


10.16.2013

...AND SOMETHING NEW

Re-lighting Gino Sarfatti Edition N° 1 by FLOS, 2013
Floor Lamp No.1063 (Arteluce, 1954)

Re-lighting Gino Sarfatti Edition N° 1 by FLOS, 2013
Floor Lamp No.1095 (Arteluce, 1968)

Re-lighting Gino Sarfatti Edition N° 1 by FLOS, 2013
Floor Lamp No.607 (Arteluce, 1971)

Re-lighting Gino Sarfatti Edition N° 1 by FLOS, 2013
Floor Lamp No.548 (Arteluce, 1951)

Re-lighting Gino Sarfatti Edition N° 1 by FLOS, 2013
Floor Lamp No.2129 (Arteluce, 1969)


Each lamp of the new line is based on LEDs and the handsome marriage of contemporary, energy-saving light sources with retro form. Currently on view through 14 May 2013 at the Flos Professional Space in Milan, the Re-lighting Gino Sarfatti Edition N°1 collection will be on sale later this year in selected design and furniture shops worldwide.

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SOMETHING OLD...


Gino Sarfatti chandelier No.2072 for Arteluce, 1953  [ via ]

Gino Sarfatti ceiling lamp No.2070 for Arteluce, 1959  [ via ]

Gino Sarfatti floor lamp No.1082 for Arteluce, 1962  [ via ]

Gino Sarfatti table lamp No.594 for Arteluce, 1962  [ via ]

Gino Sarfatti table lamp No.606 for Arteluce, 1971  [ via ]

"Gino Sarfatti designed his first lamp by default when a family friend asked him to turn a glass vase into one. Sarfatti placed a lighting fixture from a coffee machine inside the vase, and was so intrigued by the process that he opened the “rational lighting” workshop to produce more lights."  [ via ]

Sarfatti designed and produced over 600 floor lamps, chandeliers, spotlights and other “light fittings”, between the mid-1930s and early 1970s. How many photos of his work fit in one or two posts? Do I need to answer? No! So, I made a board on my Pinterest where I will add photos in a regular bases. Take a look!

10.08.2013

OWLS BY CHARLEY HARPER

"remember that I didn’t start out to paint a bird - the bird already existed. I started out to paint a picture of a bird, a picture which didn’t exist before I came along..."
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BY THE HAND OF...

Gio Ponti  [ via ]

Finn Juhl  [ via ]

Paulo Mendes da Rocha  [ via ]

Jean Prouvé  [ via ]

Poul Kjærholm  [ via ]