Casa Pedregal / Luis Barragán

The Jardines del Pedregal de San Ángel was a deserted area outside central Mexico City. The area is covered in dense lava from the Xitle volcano, which erupted thousands of years ago.
Luis Barragan saw the potential in the landscape, purchased some property, and in the 1940s created a plan for Pedregal. This included land for development and open space. Some of Mexico's great modern architects, Like Max Cetto, Francisco Artigas, Enrique Castañeda Tamborrell, José María Buendía, Antonio Attolini, Fernando Ponce Pino, Oscar Urrutia and Manuel Rosen constructed homes in Pedregal. This included the Casa Prieto-López (1949) by Luis Baragan.
The house belonged to the Prieto family until art collector and businessman César Cervantes purchased it four years ago. The house, now called Casa Pedregal, has been restored by Cervantes. Alterations have been removed and the original paint colors have been replicated.

Although much of the furniture in the house now was designed by Barragan, they aren't the same pieces that were originally in the house.   


This is what the living room looked like in 1951.


 Bertoia chairs are used around the table in the kitchen.

 This wall is the color of the sky. That would be the sky color in the 1950s, which I was told is different than the sky today.

The original colors were extracted via cutouts in the walls. 
These exist in multiple locations around the property. I like that they were left exposed.  

This is one of the two main garden areas.

Lava flooring

Clara Porset

Barragan brought the natural lava landscape inside.

Casa Pedregal is not a museum. The Cervantes family lives in the house and the kids even put their feet on the coffee table.
I hope I don't get anyone in trouble for that. 

The Lopez children, back in the day, playing in the pool.

 The pool blends into the natural lava landscape and what is referred to as the "contemplative garden." 

The Gerrit Rietveld Crate chairs are not original to the house, but they look great by the pool.

There is a restaurant and cafe next to Casa Pedregal.

The restaurant includes a library with some great seating.

Weekend / Stuff

Stuffs, like Vivika + Otto Heino and Pond Farm

More stuffs 

Mexico / City

This is the third year in a row I've taken a trip to Mexico City in November.

It's incredible that just a little over two months ago a 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit the city. 370 people died. I debated about not going this year, but was encouraged by a couple of friends who had just been and reassured me that I wouldn't be in the way. Plus, a large sector of their economy relies on tourism. So against my mom's wishes, I went.
Fuerza Mexico (Mexico Strength) banners are hung around the city and in some ways it's hard to tell anything happened. There's actually some controversy about that. There are accusations that the government is trying to hide the damage by covering up earthquake stricken buildings. That obviously isn't the case with this building in the Juarez neighborhood. Although in other areas, entire buildings are hidden with black tarps. What's also not evident is the large number of people who have been displaced due to condemned buildings. The count is 1,400 condemned buildings so far.
Like the banners say, Mexico is strong. Rebuilding is already underway and most things seem to be operating somewhat normally.
The markets are open.

As are the restaurants, like Rosetta.

Peter Voulkos / Rondena

Peter Voulkos, Rondena, 1958 will be up for sale at Phillips
Rondena was first exhibited at the Pasadena Art Museum in 1958. It was purchased at the Felix Landau gallery by Betty and Stanley Sheinbaum in 1959 and has been in their family ever since. It's huge in terms of size, as well as in the timeline of Voulkos's work, and in the abstract expressionist ceramics world in general. It's also a rare opportunity for someone to actually buy it. Most of these sculptures are in museum collections. 
Glenn Adamson wrote a great essay about the sculpture: Tower of Power: Peter Voulkos' 'Rondena'

And better yet, there's a video starring my buddy and Design Senior Specialist at Phillips, Meaghan Roddy! 

Weekend / Stuff

Old Mexican pottery and Pepe Mendoza

Valentine typewriter, designed by Ettore Sottsass and Pepe Mendoza for Olivetti. 
It's the Spanish editioñññññ 


Mario Pani rendering

Weekend / Stuff

Vista of California


The tough picking season started early this year.

Objects USA / Fall 17

The annual Objects USA show in San Diego was a great success. Thank you to all who made it over. 

The Kay Whitcomb wall

A collection of Lynn Fayman photographs

James Hubbell

The next event is Mod Swap (December 9) and then Palm Springs Modernism (February 16-19)