Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Paulo Werneck

Palácio do Itamaraty, Brasilia

These sweet murals are by Paulo Werneck, who was responsible for introducing the technique of mosaic to Modernist Brasil. He worked with such noted architects as Oscar Niemeyer.

Edificio Seguradoras, Rio de Janeiro

Edifício Guarabira, Rio de Janeiro

Banco Boavista, Candelária, Rio de Janerio

Monday, June 29, 2009

Jacqueline Groag

"Kiddies Town" Wallpaper 1950

Jacqueline Groag was a Czech-born textile designer who trained with Josef Hoffmann in the 1920's in Vienna. There she produced designs for the Wiener Werkstatte. In 1939 she emigrated with her husband to Britain where she had quite an impact on British Design in the postwar era.

Rare and Untitled Textile 1953

Textile 1952

Friday, June 26, 2009

Lorser Feitelson

"Untitled, Magical Space Forms" 1960

These paintings are by Lorser Feitelson, the husband of Helen Lundeberg who we posted yesterday. What a talented couple. It is interesting to see the differences in their use of color.

"Dichotomic Organization: Stripes" 1959

"Untitled Compostion" 1964

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Helen Lundeberg

"Islands" 1986

Here are a few paintings by California artist Helen Lundenberg. They kinda remind me of "June Gloom," Let's hope it lets up soon and the sunshine comes back. Anyway, she has the most amazing color combos. Her paintings are so calming, I could look at them all day

"Ocean" 1979

"Untitled" 1967

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

More Vintage Czech Graphics

Here are a few more Vintage Czech Graphics. Nice use of stripes, just imagine having to draw all those by hand. Yikes! There is no "undo" button on a ruling pen.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Vintage Czech Graphics

Found these vintage Czech graphics awhile ago on Ebay. Gotta love your primary colors.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Mid Century Art

These paintings are from the Julius Shulman exhibit at The Fullerton Museum, "Forever Fullerton : Julius Shulman. As well as the photos by Julius Shulman, there are a few room vignettes furnished by Out of Vogue vintage store. These paintings are part of the vignettes. Not sure who the artist is, but the color combos are quite nice. The exhibit is up through July 19th.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Marianne Strengell

Panel, c. 1948

I was looking through the Dwell magazine we got in the mail yesterday and there was an article on Marianne Strengell. She was close friends with the Saarinen's and Eliel convinced her to leave her native Finland for Michigan to teach Weaving and Textile design at Cranbrook Academy. One of her students included Ray Kaiser (Eames.) She also did quite a few freelance projects for notable architects, industrial and automobile designers of the day. Her goal as a textile designer was to bring comfort and warmth to the clean, hard lines of modernism while staying true to the "less is more" philosophy.

Panel, c. 1943

Interior for the 1959 Lincoln Continental

Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Essential Art of African Textiles: Design Without End

Display Cloth, Gambia 1st Half of the 19th Century

These images are from an exhibit Brian and I went to at the Met when we were in NYC in January. Luckily they have nice images on their website, because I was scolded when I tried to take photos. Oops! The exhibit ended awhile ago, but if you have a chance check out the site or if you want something tangible, you could pick up the catalogue.

Adire Cloth:Olokun, Nigeria; Yoruba, 1st Half of the 20th Century

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Saul Bass

Yesterday's post makes me think of Saul Bass...... Paul and Saul are equally as cool and their names rhyme, what more can you ask for? Maybe a set of these sweet matchbooks above. Anyway, I am not sure if Saul Bass ever designed any textiles, but here are a few of his designs utilizing pattern-like elements.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Paul Rand

Here are some fabrics designed by Paul Rand. Just found them when I came across this site dedicated to him @ Paul-Rand.com . Check out the gallery section, it is quite extensive.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Ib Geertsen

This post is in honor of Danish "Konkret" artist Ib Geertsen who passed away this month. He was a self taught artist. Thanks for picking up the art supplies Ib and giving us these amazing shapes and colors to inspire us.

Composition Blue White 1955

Form I Form 1991

Sluttet Kreds V. 1963

Modsaetning VII 1986

Friday, June 12, 2009

Pomona Part II

Here are a couple more pictures from our trip up to Pomona. As well as Art Deco, the city also has quite a bit of Mid Century Architecture. There are lots of patterns in the buildings of this era, from the Architectural Blocks, to the way the windows are arranged in a grid like fashion. We were walking by a typical 60's office building and this original cascading Mid Century chandelier caught our eye. Brian popped in the door and snapped this picture.

Thursday, June 11, 2009


Brian and I went up to Pomona on Tuesday to see the band Camera Obscura play at The Glass House. The show was quite good. If you are in LA and are interested they are playing again tonight at the Henry Fonda Theater. Anyway, we had some time to kill beforehand so we checked out some of the Art Deco architecture around town, especially at the newly refurbished Fox Theater. Here are some pictures from days gone by.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Jerome and Evelyn Ackerman

Jerome and Evelyn Ackerman

If anyone is down in San Diego this year, there is an exhibit at the Mingei International Museum called "Masters of Mid-Century California Modernism." It runs through January 10, 2010 and is a retrospective of the Husband and Wife team Jerome and Evelyn Ackerman. We only wish we could be 1/2 as cool as these folks.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


Some more eye candy from the 80's. Who owned a jumper or cropped pants in prints like these back in the day? You wore them with your cropped top and jellies, right? Don't worry if you get nostalgic, you can make a trip to Top Shop in NYC and pick up a new version. We were there recently, It kinda freaked me out, it was like stepping back in time to the days of Merry-Go-Round and Chess King.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Celia Birtwell

Here are some sketches by Celia Birtwell of her prints used for her husband, Ossie Clark's designs. Celia and Ossie clothed the rock royalty and jet set in the 60's and 70's.
"Peachy Pie" Print

"Blue Lily" Print