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Archie Kaplan / New Dimensions

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Archie Kaplan (1917- 2008) Archie was born in Connecticut, but spent his adult life in New York. He had no formal design training. He dropped out of Brooklyn College to open his own school school. During high school and college he taught drafting, math, and similar subjects at trade schools -- "night tutoring schools" in his words – and that's the kind of school he opened. The school closed while he was in the Army. He was stationed on Okinawa during the war, and said he was influenced by Japanese architecture and landscaping.When he returned home after the war he opened another school, but decided to close it and go in a different direction.   Designed for Moderns was his next venture. The company's name was changed to New Dimensions. Sol Bloom also designed for the company. Although it's sometimes unclear who designed what for the company, all the photos in this post are by Archie Kaplan.  




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Weekend /Stuff

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Alexander Girard paper
A. Quincy Jones, Builder's Homes for Better Living and an LTR that was once belonged to him.
LTRs in "The Barn". The Textile & Objects posters in the top picture also came from the Jones estate, via LAMA. Source:  Julius Shulman, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles
Reading material

Raymor, Tom Tramel, Rupert Desse, Brent Bennet,

Tackett / Thursday

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Weekend / Stuff

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Bowl by Mingei Museum founder, Martha Longenecker 
Sori Yanagi wooden figures, from Martha Longenecker's estate
More Yanagi and Japanese craft from the Longenecker esate
More of Martha's stuff
Martha's Design Quarterly
Actually, I think  this one belonged to her friend, Ilse Ruocco
Ilse Ruocco and Martha Longeneker, 1957
Source: San Diego's Craft Revolution From Post-War Modern to California Design, by Dave Hampton
Not Martha's stuff. La Gardo Tackett, Kenji Fujita, Heino, Laura Andreson, and Doug Ayers
George Nelson for Howard Miller...Old In Box 
Fragile Bubble
 Hammer by Koyo Sangyo

Fulton Mall / Destruction

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The Fulton Pedestrian Mall is no more. The backwards plan to turn the mall back over to the automobile is being implemented. 
The George Tsutakawa sculptural fountain and Garrett Eckbo designed pool are gone.
The Jan de Swart clock tower will be removed from the center of the mall and pushed to the corner.
No More Claire Falkenstein.


Stan Bitters, in jail.
This Bitters is gone.
Not that they were being taken care of when they were still there.
Peter Voulkos, caged and gone. 

Gordon Newell, suffocating


Weekend / Stuff

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Kay Sekimachi
Wood by Jerry Glaser, mostly
Bowl by Jerry Glaser
It sure looks a lot like one of the Glaser bowls shown in California Design 8 (1962) at the Pasadena Museum of Art. 
Check 
Panelcarve
Iron, including VKG

Dieter Rams