Tackett / Thursday

La Gardo Tackett studio bowl
Report from the field (Phoenix, AZ)

Weekend / Stuff

 Candelabrum by Bruce Hill for Peter Pepper Products
More here and here.

As seen in California Designed (1955) with Malcolm Leland

Prescolite lighter

Big Soleri bell

Ken Starbird

Braun Domino lighter set by Dieter Rams and clam shell ashtray by Alan Fletcher.
The 15 year ago me would have been very excited about this plastic stuff.

Objects USA / Fall 14

The Objects USA annual sale happened this past weekend in San Diego.

Some people showed up.

Barbara Chapman

It got trippy

Tackett / Thursday

La Gardo Tackett

Peter Shire / Public Work

Public Work: Lines of Desire, at the Architecture and Design Museum in Los Angeles explores Peter Shire’s public and private architectural commissions. It was curated by Jo Lauria.

Early 80s

Model for a project in Elysian Park

The selected design for Elysian Park

Here's the full scale version at Angel's Point, Elysian Park. That's Downtown LA in the background.

Mr. Chubs must think he deserves some credit as well.

I'm not sure if this was some sort of a joke, but there was a very functional looking teapot hiding under a neighboring tree.


Objects USA presents their annual weekend-long sales exhibition.
Opening Reception:
Friday, Nov. 21st, 7 pm
Saturday, Nov. 22nd 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday, Nov. 23rd  10 am – 4 pm
Ronis Fine Art - 1946 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92102 
More information at objectsusa.com

Weekend / Stuff

Kurt Versen, Esempi, George Nelson tray and Swift and Monell stool

Boyd and Earthgender

George Nelson clock

Eames EC175-8 (1971)

Tackett / Thursday

Amy Auscherman, design preserver / archivist at Herman Miller had a way better Tackett Thursday than I did. This is a La Gardo Tackett memo to Hugh De Pree, son of Herman Miller founder, D.J. De Pree. This is when Tackett was working for the company's Objects Division. 
Amy's Instagram feed is great. Follow her at acid_free

La Gardo and Kenji


The exhibition, curated by Dave Hampton, included work from the 1940s through the late 1970s.

There were 30 works on paper.

The exhibition also included a sound installation by Charles Curtis, drawn from texts by McClain. 

There's Charles now.

Ceramics by McClain

Weekend / Stuff

Joel Edwards large and in charge pots, Wayne Chapman for Wednesday, Rene Brancusi table and Brazilian bowl for the Lunning Collection

Bill Lam ceiling/wall mount lamp

Malcolm McClain / Exhibition - Tomorrow

Malcolm McClain
fui. non fui., c. mid-1970s
Typewriter and collage on paper
6 x 3-1/2 inches
This weekend : MALCOLM MCCLAIN: VISUAL, TEXTUAL includes work from the 1940s through the late 1970s. The exhibition will also include a sound installation by Charles Curtis  drawn from texts by McClain.  
November 8 and 9 at Ronis Fine Art - 1946 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92102

Malcolm McClain
American Prophecy State University, c. mid-1970s
Ink on paper
4-15/16 x 7-15/16 inches

Malcolm McClain
Composition, c. 1952
Watercolor on paper
6-1/2 x 8-5/8 inches

Tackett / Thursday

La Gardo Tackett does ice cream toppings 

Victor H. Bisharat / Architect

OK, so this Victor Bisharat candelabrum sent me on one of those wormhole reserach expeditions. 

It was designed in 1951 by Bisharat, a Jordan-born architect living in California. This I have known for quite some time.

What I didn't know is that he designed this base around the same time.  It was used as a plant stand or a table and is pretty much the same concept as the candelabrum. It seems super obvious now.
Here it is in table form. I've had a couple of these and never knew the designer. Since they are usually found in the SF Bay Area, I assumed it was a designer from up there. It turned out to be true. The wormhole paid off this time. Too bad I sold the tables.
Also in the early 50's, Bisharat supposedly worked with with the Ralph M. Parsons Company and helped with the plan for Disneyland in Anaheim. He was in the LA area, so it's plausible, but I couldn't find anything to substantiate the claim that he or the Parsons company worked on the project. I'm not a big fan of Disneyland, but the original plan and "merchantainment" prospectus is fascinating. It can be found here
Bisharat definitely designed the Jordan Pavilion at the 1964 World's Fair in New York. He was living in Pasadena at the time.

Bisharat must have liked the east coast. He headed to Stamford, Connecticut and moved into the Glenn House (1960) by Richard Neutra.

Photo Neutra. Complete Works by Barbara Lamprecht, Peter Gössel

He made a substantial mark on Stamford, including the High Ridge Office Park (1967)

Landmark Tower (1973) in Stamford

More about Bisharat can be found here.

Photo: Flickr