Happy Birthday Mr. Calder! and more

Happy Birthday Mr. Calder!

Born into a long line of successful artists, Alexander Calder created his first kinetic sculpture at the age of 11. This, as we now know, was the beginning of an artistic career that revolutionized the way we look at sculpture and the art experience. Today we’d like to say Happy 116th Birthday to the late Mr. Calder, and take a look at some of our favorites from his legendary body of work.

Brass Dog and Duck, created by Calder in 1909 at the age of 11.

Brass Dog and Duck, created by Calder in 1909 at the age of 11. Photo source: Calder Foundation.


L’empennage, 1953. Currently at Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Photo source: Wikipedia.


“Glass Fish” 1944. Photo source: Calder Foundation.


“Nubes Flotantes” 1953. Aula Magna, Universidad Central de Venezuela. Photo source: Wikipedia.


Bobine, 1970. National Gallery of Australia. Photo source: Wikipedia.


Wire sculptures at the exhibition “Drawing in Space”, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Photo source: The City Review.

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La Spirale, 1958. Unesco Works of Art Collection. Photo by Olivier Middendorp.


Mobiles, Stabiles, and Sculptures at the Guggenheim. Photo source: OEN.


‘The Four Elements” 1961. Currently at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm. Photo source: Wikipedia.

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“Hello Girls” 1964. Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Photo source: Huffington Post.


“De Tre Vingarna” 1967. At the Blå Stället in Gothenburg, Sweden. Photo source: Wikipedia.


“Laocoön” 1947. Currently at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Photo source: The Calder Foundation.


“Têtes et Queue” 1965. Berlin, Germany. Photo source: Wikipedia.


“The Tree” 1966. Currently at the Foundation Beyeler. Photo source: Foundation Beyeler.


“Flamingo” 1974. At the Federal Plaza in Chicago, Illinois. Photo source: Wikipedia.


Photo source: The Calder Foundation.


“Crinkly Avec Disque Rouge” 1973. Schlossplatz in Stuttgart, Germany. Photo source: Wikipedia.


Clip from “Work in Progress,” a 1968 film featuring Calder’s work. Photo source: The Calder Foundation.


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Inspire Me Monday: Vintage Vacation Homes

Summer is in full swing and we’re dreaming of lakeside getaways and hot summer nights outdoors. Here’s some vintage imagery of mid-century vacation homes to get you inspired for your next summer escape.


The above images were taken from 1967 book Cabins and Vacation Houses.

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The above images were taken from Second Homes for Leisure Living, via Grain Edit.MARIN_HOWARD_WAITE_WWW.RICHARDOLSEN.ORG_

Image source: Handmade Houses, 1973, courtesy of Nancy Waite.

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52 New Colors in 52 Weeks: Lavender Fiberglass Shell Chairs

New Fiberglass Shell Chair Colors

Inspired by fields of softly swaying flowers and their sweet scent, we bring you Lavender Fiberglass Shell Chairs. The delicate purple is as soft and subtle as its floral namesake. Perfect for nurseries and other soft white interiors, Lavender will bring a gentle touch to an otherwise stark space.

Molded Plastic Chairs

See our newest Fiberglass color at the Los Angeles Showroom and on our website, or get inspired on our Lavender Pinterest Board.

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Will John Lautner’s Rehabilitation Center be Demolished?

We cringe at the thought of losing even the most obscure designs by modern masters like John Lautner. That’s why we were saddened to hear of the impending demolition of the Crippled Children’s Society Rehabilitation Center, which was designed by Lautner in 1979 and is now called the Paul Weston Work Center.


Recently, new owners submitted a proposal to demolish the place, with plans to replace it with an eldercare facility. The Los Angeles Conservancy was quick to act, testifying at a hearing on May 20th with concerns that the structure still has architectural significance. Now it’s just a waiting game to find out the final decision. Do you think it’s worth saving?

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Photos courtesy of LA Conservancy and the San Fernando Valley Blog.

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Architecture Spotlight: The Color Orange

Our recent release of the Slice Shell Chair has us channeling all things orange. As it turns out, there exists a great deal of stunning architecture is varying shades of the deliciously bright color.

The Orange Cube in Lyons, Franc, designed by Jakob + Macfarlane Architects

This new commercial and cultural complex in Lyon, France was designed as part of an urban planning project to replenish the docks of Lyon. The five-story orthogonal cube plays off the fluid movement of the river Saône, exploring the effects of subtraction
and voids on the quality and generation of space.

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Moderna Museet Malmö in Sweden, by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter

Moderna Museet Malmö is a branch of the main Moderna Museet museum in Stockholm. The extension provides a new entrance and reception space, as well as a cafeteria and a new upper gallery. Its perforated orange facade both connects to the existing brick architecture and introduces a contemporary element.

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La Ville Intelligente in Paris, France by Jakob + MacFarlane Architects

‘La Ville Intelligente’ is a temporary feature within the Parc de la Villette of Paris. Conceived for the Hellodemain Exposition, the continuous form is an interpretation of the orange brand ‘DNA’ gesturing towards the established intelligent city theme.

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My Green World in Venlo, Netherlands by 2D3D Design

My Green World is an impressive seed-shaped pavilion encased in sustainably-harvested Finnish hardwood. The project from 2D3D was originally commissioned for the Floriade 2012 Expo in the Netherlands by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation.

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Zenith Europe in Strasbourg, France by Massimiliano Fuksas

By its playful form and character, the Zenith music hall contributes to the great Varietee Theaters which were built since the Zenith building in Paris was erected in 1984. It will be the new attraction which will give impulses to the future development of the city’s infrastructure.

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