BIG SALE AT MID CENTURY MOBLER, THIS WEEKEND ONLY.

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 GET 20% OFF ANY ONLINE OR IN STORE PURCHASE FROM THURSDAY-SUNDAY (8/18/14 – (8/21/14)!

 That’s right! Mid Century Mobler has a huge shipment from England landing next week, and they need to make some room in the shop! Help them clear some space by taking 20% off the purchase of any storage piece (discount does not apply to any items already on sale, and cannot be bundled with any other discounts or promotions) this Thursday – Sunday. Just use discount code MCMSEPT20 during online checkout, or mention it in store, and receive 20% off that piece you’ve been eyeing for the last couple months!

Cool Danish Modern Desk

Cool Danish Modern Desk

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Royal Blue Mama Bear Lounge Chair

Mid Century Mobler will be open this Saturday (09/20/14) from 10am – 6pm and Sunday (09/21/14) from 11am – 4pm.

LOCATION:
1220 Shotwell Street (in between 26th + Cesar Chavez)
San Francisco, CA 94110

PHONE NUMBER: 415.497.6626

www.midcenturymobler.com

Stunning Walnut Boomerang Coffee Table

Stunning Walnut Boomerang Coffee Table

METEOR LIGHTS. Mid Century Modern Lighting: Pendant Lamps and Drum Lampshades

retro-light-fixtures-Penzys-e1407956008817I love mid century modern lighting but it is very difficult to find original lamps and lights in good condition due to age and use.  This is not a problem anymore.  There is a very cool shop/store in  San Francisco that specializes in restoring mid century modern lights.  The shop is called Meteor Lights. Please visit its webpage in case you need more information about this store or feel free to contact them at:

email: store@meteorlights.com

Phone number: 415-255-6700

Adress:
Meteor Lights
3505 17th St #A
San Francisco CA 94110

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Meteor Lights designs and fabricates custom fiberglass drum lampshades, modern pendant light fixtures, and mod acrylic lamp bases in retro, atomic, and mid-century modern styles, bringing classic ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s Americana to your home or business. Their colorful drum and tiered fiberglass lampshades also look great with streamline moderne, tiki, vintage western, googie, biomorphic, Danish Modern, and mid century-influenced contemporary lighting styles.

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Also, their colorful lamps, fiberglass lampshades, and pendant light fixtures accommodate a wide range of lighting styles for residential and commercial lighting applications, from 1940s/1950s Eames-era to contemporary and modern styles influenced by classic post-war industrial design. You will find Meteor Lights’ pendant light fixtures, lamps, and drum shades in five-star restaurants and dive bars, coffee houses and rock clubs, new architectural showcase homes and renovated rockabilly pads, hair salons and bowling alleys, and retail establishments of all kinds. Vintage dealers and retro furnishing shops around the country specify perfect replacement tiered and drum shades for their ‘forties, ‘fifties, and ‘sixties era vintage lamps.  Meteor Lights offers a wide selection of retro modern and contemporary shade styles, colors, and designs — providing a nearly infinite range of lighting possibilities.

DSCF4813Their  shade material is the same fiberglass and resin parchment used on drum lampshades in the ‘forties and ‘fifties.  shade fabric is very translucent (not transparent), and provides a soft glow unlike any other lighting material. They hand-stain their drum and barrel shades to achieve a wide range of vintage, retro, modern, and contemporary colors, and they can match your colors (via fabric swatch, paint chip, or Pantone Guide), as well. Meteor Lights takes pride in fabricating the coolest, highest-quality replacement drum shades.

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Meteor Lights specializes in the low-profile shallow drum and tiered shades characteristic of mid-century/modern lighting of the 1940s and 1950s. Within certain parameters, the height of their drum shades can be customized to fit most lamps.

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MID CENTURY MODERN ITEMS FOR SALE

david-bowie-by-masayoshi-sukita-at-snap-gallery-hed-blow-our-minds One of the problems I have as a collector is that my mid century collection gets a little too big very often.  As a result, I have to sell some pieces to replace them with the new ones.  I buy and sell as a hobby.  I have a job and I attend school as well so I buy and sell mid century items whenever I have some free time. I try to sell things at a low price.  However, if you think the price is too high, please MAKE ME A REASONABLE OFFER.  Many of the items I sell are highly collectible and in good vintage condition.  I love them all but I am not using them and I do not have room for them at the moment.  Please send me an e-mail for further information: jesusxochitl@aol.com. Here are some pieces I have for sale.

CLASSIC SET OF 4 PATIO CHAIRS

Great mid century wrought iron patio chairs made by Rid Jid (they are labeled). Many people confuse Rid Jid for Salterini. It is becoming difficult to find them. Nice color and very comfortable. In good vintage condition. All of the iron is in great shape with no broken welds or rusty parts. The chairs show minor wear due to use and age. The chairs all fold up for easy transport and to store during the winter. Price: $277.00 CASH for the set of 4 chairs.

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SET OF 4 AUTHENTIC CHAIRS BY SAARINEN FOR KNOLL

Great set of 4 chairs designed by one of my favorite modern designers of all time: Saarinen.  I love the design and colors of these rare chairs.  Fiberglass backs. Seats are covered with a nice blue color vinyl. Aluminum bases. Chairs are labeled.  The chairs show some light wear due to age but they are in good vintage condition. The backs has some light scratches. Price: $1129.

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In good vintage condition.   Measurements: 32″ x 32″ x 15″ high. Price: $239.00

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EICHLER IN THE CITY

Diamond Heights in San Francisco.

Eichler Homes in Diamond Heights.

There was a time when constructing  in San Francisco was more than pure economic speculation. There was a time when a good architectural design, socially responsible development, and fine materials were important when building in the city.  I love San Francisco but I have to acknowledge that the city has some major problems.  Housing is one of them.

Here, rents and property values are among the highest in the country. San Francisco has been kind of expensive for a while but, lately, the tech industry has contributed to the increase in rent cost, property values, and evictions in several parts of the city like never before.  Constructing more building apartments is one of the solutions our politicians have suggested. In other words, they believe that as the supply in houses increases, their price decreases.  Well, as someone working in the science field, I know that THIS IS NOT ALWAYS TRUE.  San Francisco is rare exception to this rule. Why?  The answer is simple: because THE NEWEST BUILDINGS IN THE CITY ARE HORRIBLE.  Nobody wants them.  These new apartment buildings look all the same, their designs are extremely boring,  the materials are chip, their size very small, and they are highly pricy. People from Google, Facebook, Apple, Twitter, etc, want better houses and they are willing to pay large amounts of money for old buildings or houses because they are better designed.  Property owners are selling the vintage houses because they know they can make money now. As a consequence, there are evictions everywhere in the city. Our politicians LOVE THE MONEY that the tech companies are bringing to SF so they are doing very little about the evictions. As we can see, the increase in housing supply is not solving the housing problem in San Francisco.  It is making worst.  Now, the old buildings are even more expensive that before, the new buildings are pricy (and empty), and the the number of evictions and homeless in San Francisco is increasing.

Constructing buildings with a better design would appeal more to new property buyers? Would interesting designs be more appealing to tech people?

Diamond Heights.

Diamond Heights Neighborhood.

I am not complaining about the San Francisco (I am happy living here).  I am just trying to present a current problem and a possible solution.  I believe that new construction developers should learn something about design from Eichler Homes (for more info about Eichler Homes, please read what I wrote in my blog last year under “Eichler Homes”) . I know that when we attend an Engineering or Architectural school our teachers emphasize  that we should reduce costs when building to keep our companies happy.  I do not agree with this statement always because by reducing expenses in extreme you get the boring and cheap-made buildings we have in San Francisco now. In contrast contrast, saving money was important for Eichler Homes too but a good modern design was equally important.  As a consequence, these houses are still looking fresh and appealing after 50 years. What made Eichler Homes unusual—the devotion to design, socially responsible development,  and the insistence that product innovations should come from within the company and from the architects, rather than from his industry’s more typical combination of company consensus and market research—were the qualities that made the company a leader in the field.

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I nice Eichler house in Diamond Heights.

There are a couple of locations in San Francisco in case you are interested in admiring some Eicheler Homes. In the early 1960’s, Joseph Eichler expanded his reach from the suburbs of Northern California to the city of San Francisco.

DIAMOND HEIGHTS TRACT

Joseph Eicher’s first foray into urban development was single-family homes in the Diamond Height of San Francisco.  Conveniently situated near the middle of San Francisco, Joseph Eichler’s Diamond Heights tract is located in the hilly interior of the city, nestled between Twin Peaks to the North, Noe Valley & Castro to the East, and Glen Park to the South. Built between 1962-1964 under the guidance of architect Claude Oakland, Eichler Homes constructed approximately 100 single family homes in Diamond Heights, ranging in size from 1,629 -2,020 square feet.

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Another cool Eichler house in  Diamond Heights.

Departing slightly from his classic one-story, post-and-beam ranch home design, Eichler developed seven distinct floorplans in this neighborhood, most of which are either two-story or split-level homes. Common floorplans for this Eicher tract include 4 bedroom/2.5 bath, 3 bedroom/2.5 bath, 3 bedroom/2 bath and two bedroom/2 bath homes.

Common features of Diamond Heights Eichler homes include in-floor hydronic radiant heat (copper pipes), floor-to-ceiling glass (which varies by degree based on the specific floorplan), tongue & groove ceilings, Japanese Shoji style closet doors and either 1 or 2 car garage parking. Most homes also include a courtyard which is consistent with the indoor/outdoor living theme that exemplified Joseph Eichler.

Pride of ownership and a commitment to preservation can be seen amongst many of the homes in this development. However, there are also a fair number of homes in need of restoration.  Fortunately most homes have excellent ‘bones’ and can provide an excellent canvass for individuals passionate about mid-century modern design and Eichler preservation.

Great view of San Francisco fro Diamond Heights.

Amazing view of San Francisco from Diamond Heights (one of my favorites in town).

After more than a decade of success building single family homes, Eichler decided to try his hand at multi-unit, residential housing. He aggressively pursued this new and unfamiliar urban market and quickly launched a variety of simultaneous projects including low-rise, high-rise and townhouse projects in San Francisco.

CATHEDRAL HILL

Modern church in Cathedral Hill

Modern church in Cathedral Hill

In 1963, The Laguna Eichler High-Rise & Complex was built on Cathedral Hill, located in the Western Addition neighborhood  of San Francisco (just East of Japantown).   The Laguna Eichler development consists of:

  • One, 18-story high-rise building (150 units), and
  • Six, 12-unit low-rise apartment buildings (72 units)

The architectural firm of Jones + Emmons designed the 18-story high rise building located at 66 Cleary Court.  This structure consists of 15 stories of living space and 3 levels for tenant parking.   The building features 150 units, mostly 3 bedroom homes ranging in size from 1,100-1,200 square feet. All units feature radiant heat, private balconies or terraces as well as 8-inch thick, load bearing concrete walls that help minimize noise between units.

The Cleary Court high-rise is a full service building including a doorman, onsite property management and enclosed parking.

Cathedral Hill.

Cathedral Hill High Rise..

Joseph Eichler commissioned architect Claude Oakland to design the six low-rise apartment buildings located adjacent to the high-rise building, near the intersection of Laguna & Ellis Street.

Low rise apartment buildings in Cathedral Hill.

Low rise apartment buildings in Cathedral Hill.

The low-rise Laguna Eichler  complex consists of six, 3-story buildings with partially submerged secure parking within each building. The buildings are unattached but are conveniently Landscaping within an Eichler condominium complex accessible to one another via walking paths which are beautifully landscaped and intersect at two circular fountains located in the middle of the development.

There are a total of seventy-two, 3 bedroom / 2 bath condominiums in this development which range in size from 1,261-1270 square feet.

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Landscape of the low-rise buildings.

RUSSIAN HILL

Russian Hill Neighborhood.

The lovely Russian Hill neighborhood.

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The Eichler Summit in Russian Hill.

Situated in the prestigous Russian Hill neighborhood of San Francisco, the Eichler Summit is a 32-story high-rise located at 999 Green Street. The development consists of 26 floors atop a six-story base of parking, creating a 320-foot-tall building situated at the peak of Russian Hill.

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Picture from one of the sides of the Eichler Summit

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Picture from the bottom of the Eichler Summit.

Designed by Claude Oakland, The Eichler Summit was built between 1963-1964 and features 1-3 bedroom, 1-2 bath units ranging in size from 870-1,800 square feet. Units feature in-floor radiant heat and open living space, including small walkout decks. The location of this development provides most residents with incredible San Francisco Bay and city views. The Eichler Summit is a premier full service building with a 24-hour doorman and onsite manager. There are 112 units in this development (per tax records).

I love the main entrance of the building.

I love the main entrance of the building.

Breathtaking  view of the city from Russian Hill.

Breathtaking view of the city from Russian Hill.

GENEVA TERRACE TOWNHOUSES IN VISITACION VALLEY

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Geneva Terrace Townhouses.

In the early 1960s, Joseph Eichler enlisted the help of architect Claude Oakland to design affordable housing in the transitional neighborhood of Visitacion Valley in San Francisco.

The result of this endeavor was the:

  • Geneva Terrace Townhouses complex, and the
  • Geneva Towers high-rise apartment building
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Townhouses in Visitacion Valley.

The 189-unit Geneva Terrace townhouse complex sprawled across 8 neighboring streets and represented somewhat of a diversion from the progressive, modern design that exemplified Joseph Eichler & Eichler Homes.  All of the townhomes were identical in design and consisted of two-story, 4 bedroom homes with a non-descript, red-brick facade and arched windows.

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Another view of the townhouses in Visitacion Valley.

Eichlers second project in Visitacion Valley was Geneva Towers, an 18-story twin-tower high rise apartment complex located near the intersection of Garrison Avenue & Schwerin Street in San Francisco’s District 10.

The Geneva Towers consisted of 573 apartments with four distinct floor plans. The original goal of this project was to provide affordable rentals to working class professionals. However, the Towers eventually became subsidized housing for low-income residents.

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Eichler at the unveiling of the Laguna Eichler, 1963.

In 1995, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) closed the Geneva Towers which had become a hotbed for crime and was becoming prohibitively expensive to maintain.

On May 16, 1998, the Geneva Towers were imploded, marking an end to the Geneva Towers development.

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The destruction of the Geneva Towers.

While the Geneva Towers cease to exist, the Geneva Terrace townhomes still exist and continue to serve as affordable housing for San Francisco families.

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MODERN ARCHITECTURE AT THE MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

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Last Spring I was in Boston.  What a great city! Very historical and charming. Also, while in Boston, I was able to get a tour of Harvard and the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).  Since I was a teenager, living in a foreign country, I wanted to visit these two institutions.  I was not disappointed. Their architecture, libraries and academic resources are unique. In terms or modern architecture,  the MIT has some iconic structures that it is worthwhile visiting. Many of the buildings have been designed by leading architects, among them, Alvar Aalto, Eduardo Catalano, Stephen Holl, Frank Gehry, and Eero Saarinen. Sculptures, murals, and paintings, including works of Alexander Calder, Henry Moore, and Louise Nevelson are found throughout the campus.

KRESGE AUDITORIUM

The building was designed by the prestigious Eero Saarinen.  Its initial occupancy was 1955.  The main auditorium seats 1,200 people. The Little Theater, with a capacity of 212, is used for the theatrical productions including the Drama Shop and Shakespeare Ensemble.  Downstairs are the rehearsal rooms for the Choral Society, Concert and Jazz Bands, and various ensembles.

The interior of the auditorium.

The interior of the auditorium.

The main auditorium.

The main auditorium.

Entrance to the Little Theatre

Entrance to the Little Theatre

Great windows.

Great windows.

Among Kresge’s interesting features is its outer shell which is one eighth of a sphere that floats free from the rest of the auditorium.  Three deeply sunk abutments support the shell, while the auditorium’s interior is build from the ground.  The roof of the building is only supported in three places and in the middle it is only 3 1/2 inches thick.  A Woltkampf Organ is located in the main auditorium.

One of the interesting supports of the shell.

One of the interesting supports of the shell.

Great cuves.

Great curves.

 THE CHAPEL

This is one of my favorite buildings at the MIT. The architect for the building was Eero Saarinen, 1955. There are currently 32 active and long-standing student religious organizations. The Chapel bell tower and bell were designed by sculptor Theodore Roszak.

The Chapel by Eero Saarinen.

The Chapel by Eero Saarinen, Theodore Roszak, and Harry Bertoia .

The back of the Chapel.  The entrance is a nice rectangular building.

Back of the Chapel. The entrance is a nice rectangular building.

Beautiful low arches and nice fountain surrounding  the Chapel.

Beautiful low arches and cool moat. I love the tower.

The main entrance.  It has lots of mid century features.

The main entrance. It has lots of mid century features.

Sunlight striking the moat around the windowless Chapel is reflected upward into the arches at the base and appears in sparkling dots on light on the interior walls.

Amazing skylight.

Amazing skylight.

Behind the altar is a sculpture by Harry Bertoia.  This sculpture is also used to help scatter light throughout the room.

Breathtaking sculpture by one my favorite designers:

Breathtaking sculpture by one my favorite designers: Harry Bertoia.

The sculpture and skylight give the impression that a rain of light is coming from the roof. Lovely.

The sculpture and skylight give the impression that a rain of light is coming from the roof. Lovely.

Picture of the interior of the Chapel taken from the back of the sculpture.

Picture of the interior of the Chapel taken from the back of the sculpture.

A closer view of the sculpture.

A closer view of the sculpture.

THE BAKER HOUSE

Alvar Aalto designed the Baker House in 1946 while he was a professor at the Massachussets Institute of Technology, where the dormitory is located. It received its name in 1950, after the MIT’s Dean of Students Everett Moore Baker was killed in an airplane crash that year. The dormitory is a curving snake slithering on its site and reflects many of Aalto’s ideas of formal strategy, making it a dormitory that is both inhabited and studied by students from all over the world.

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The Baker House by Alvar Aalto

The site runs along the north side of the Charles River and from the very start Aalto’s plans seek to find ways of maximizing the view of the river for every student. Aalto refused to design north-facing rooms since he wanted most rooms to have a view of the river from the east or west, and thus proposed enlarging the rooms on the western end into large double and triple rooms that receive both northern and western light. Instead of rooms, a stairway systems is housed on the north side of the building with an unobstructed view of its surroundings.

Main entrance to the Baker House

Main entrance to the Baker House

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OTHER INTERESTING BUILDINGS AT THE MIT

The MIT is an amazing institution.  Some of its structures encapsulate the modern era like not other school.  There are more buildings, murals, and sculptures to talk about but I am just going to stop here. Unfortunately, I do not have time to upload more pictures.

The Faculty Center

The Faculty Center

Different view of the Faculty Center

Different view of the Faculty Center

Interesting building with cool arches.

Interesting building with cool arches.

EAMES MOLDED PLASTIC CHAIRS RETURN TO ITS FIBERGLASS ROOTS

MODERN AND FUN OUTDOOR CHAIRS FOR THE SPRING/SUMMER

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Great chairs at FARNSWORTH, a mid century modern dealer in San Francisco. Price: $3800.

The Spring/Summer are great seasons to display fun outdoor chairs. However, there are so many great chairs that it is difficult to chose. If I were looking for outdoor furniture and I had a big budget for it, then I would consider buying the chairs above (the ones at Farnsworth) or some others such as the ones designed by Salterini or the Sculptura chairs by Russell Woodard. The comfort and elegant design are unique.

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Sculptura wire mesh patio chairs by Russell Woodard

Sculptura wire mesh patio chairs by Russell Woodard

Cool chairs at Vintage Mode in South San Francisco.  Price: 1000.00

Cool chairs at Vintage Mode in South San Francisco. Price: $1000.00

If I did not have a  big budget for the outdoor chairs, then I would go for my favorite chair for this season: the Acapulco chair. This chair is very comfortable, relaxing, and with an amazing design. The chair comes in many different fun colors and shapes.

A rocky Acapulco chair, a recent version of the chair.

A rocky Acapulco chair, a recent version of the chair.

acapulco-poolOriginal versions of this chair are pretty rare these days and can be found on sites like eBay, Etsy, or Amazon if you are lucky. The modern ones are far more common and utilize modern construction techniques. The benefit of this is more solid and reliable construction.

Unless you are on your way to Mexico, your best bet in finding an affordable, high quality Acapulco chair is the internet. Many fine interior design stores carry Acapulco chairs, and there is probably one in your neighborhood. You should check the links to see what is available, what are the prices, what colors you like and whether there are any seasonal discounts or overstock sales.

My Acapulco chair, which I imported from Mexico.

My Acapulco chair, which I imported from Mexico.

Also, there are other fantastic chairs that are manufactured following the Acapulco chair design, style, and materials.  For example, the Innit chair and the Concha chair (shell in English).

The Innit chair in pink.

The Innit chair in pink.

La Concha chair in yellow.

The Concha chair in yellow.

The Concha chair in purple.

The Concha chair in purple.

The Solair chair is ideal, in terms of cost, design, and comfort, for someone with a medium size budget. The Solair Chair was created by the industrial designers Fabio Fabiano and Michelange Panzini in 1972 in Quebec, Canada. The Solair is timeless yet trendy with a minimal retro-modern aesthetic and a very reasonable price tag. Its comfort, style and sturdy construction make it a perfect fit for hip but harsh outdoor environments. This chair design is suitable not just for back yards, patios and gardens but also for commercial applications such as spas, modern and boutique hotels, resorts, cruise ships or coffee shops and it will compliment any outdoor living space or pool area.

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The Solair chair by Fabio Fabiano and Michelange Panzini

Now, if I had a low budget for my outdoor chairs, I would still have plenty of options to choose from.  There are several nice chairs I could by at a low cost.  They might have not been designed by a famous designer, but they are still fun, comfortable, and modern.  Here are some examples of ideas for outdoor chairs:

The hula chair. One of my favorite chairs.

The hula chair. One of my favorite chairs.

Great wicker chair.  If you are lucky, you might be able to find a similar one in an flea market or antique store.

Great wicker chair. If you are lucky, you might be able to find a similar one in an flea market or antique store.

Same wicker chair but different colors.

Same wicker chair but different colors.

I had this chair for a while in my patio.  A little run down but with tons of character and charm.

I had this chair for a while in my patio. A little run down but with tons of character and charm.

Very cool plastic chair I sold some time ago due to lack of space.

Very cool plastic chair I sold some time ago due to lack of space.

Fiberglass chairs, like this one, would work nicely in a patio or back yard.

Fiberglass chairs, like this one, would work nicely in a patio or back yard.

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ROCKABILLY TABLES

DSCF6532Small but cute.  German, colorful, and from the 50’s.  Tiny tables (none of them is higher than 16 inches), with triangular shape and angled legs. They were in fashion in the postwar showing creative printings and colors in the style known as Rockabilly.

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Most of these tables have wood legs but this one has interesting metal legs.

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Great color.

I love these tables because they are versatile, you can use them as a plant stands or side tables.  Even though they are small, the have became very popular lately and their  price has increased a lot.  You can find several of these cuties in Etsy or eBay but their cost could be high.  If you are lucky, you might find them at a lower price at an antiques fair, antiques store, flea market, or thrift store.

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Extraordinary plant stand.

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Rare shape.

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Nice vinyl design.

Smashing table I sold some time ago.

Smashing table I sold a while ago.

SOME COOL IDEAS FOR MODERN PLANTERS FOR THE SPRING

My favorite plant: a rare African encephalartos horridus (blue cycad) in a rare cylindrical green planter by Bauer.

My favorite plant: a rare African encephalartos horridus ( a blue cycad) in a rare cylindrical green planter by Bauer.

Here, in California, we are having a beautiful Spring.  People who like plants (like myself)  during this season repot them and look for nice planters to display their favorites plants.  There are some great modern planters made of interesting materials such as fiberglass, wood, thin, ceramic, plastic, etc. Even though I like most materials, most of my planters are made or ceramic and fiberglass.  If you are looking for some ideas for planters for this Spring,  here are some suggestions.

ARCHITECTURAL POTTERY

My favorite ceramic planters are those made by Architectural Pottery.  It is a California based company that manufacturers ceramic planters with smashing designs.  Most of the great modern architects placed Architectural Pottery planters in their designs.  The price of these planters might be a little high but it is worth it.  The quality and design of the planters are a lot more higher that those cheap-made in other parts of the world.  For instance, back in the atomic era, Architectural Pottery hired the prestigious Lagardo Tackett and John Follis to design some of its planters, which do not have comparison.

Round white planter by John Follis for Architectural Pottery.

Round white planter by John Follis for Architectural Pottery.

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Double cone planter by Lagardo Takett for Architectural Pottery.

 BAUER POTTERY

Another important manufacturer of mid century modern planters is Bauer Pottery. The company was founded in Kentucky but it has operated in Los Angeles for most of its life.  I really love the colors and forms of the Bauer pots.  Planters with swirl forms and ceramic bullet planters are my favorites. These planters will make your plants look more alive and happy.

My favorite cactus: a pachypodium lamerei (from Madagascar) in a rare Bauer green. planter

My favorite cactus: a pachypodium lamerei (from Madagascar) in a rare green Bauer planter

A cool pink bullet planter.

A cool ceramic pink bullet planter.

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A beautiful swirl Bauer planter in blue.

A beautiful swirl Bauer planter in blue.

Another great swirl planter by Bauer.

Another great swirl planter by Bauer.

GAINEY CERAMICS

Gainey is the inventor of the iconic cylinder planter from the 60’s.  The La Verne company produced some of the nicest colors in the atomic era. Unfortunately, the Gainey stopped its ceramic manufacturing last year.  I have some Gainey pots, which I have been collecting over the years.  I will try to preserve them in good condition because they will become more scarce now that Gainey is not producing more ceramic pots. If you like these pots as much as I do, and you are looking for one; I wish you luck because it would be a little difficult to find one these days.

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Small cylindrical Gainey planter in brown color.

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SOME OTHER INTERESTING PLANTERS

Here are some other rare planters that I love.  I sold some of them in the past due to lack of room in my small place.

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I found this interesting planter at an antiques fair. The form and color are unique.

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When I first got this planter, it did not have the base and it look gray and opaque. I sanded it down a little and it “became” blue. Later, I found the nice base at an antiques fair. The result is an amazing blue bullet planter.

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Great bullet planter I found in EBay.

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Beautiful fiberglass planter by Art-Line of California.

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Small but very cute green ceramic planter by US Pottery.

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One of the best fiberglass bullet planters I have ever had. Made by mi favorite San Francisco company: Kimball.

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Super cute fiberglass bullet planter.

DESIGNING HOME: JEWS AND MIDCENTURY MODERNISM

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If you are a mid century modern collector / admirer and you live in the Bay Area,  you might be interested in attending this exhibit.

The Contemporary Jewish Museum’s recently open exhibition “Designing Home” examines Jewish contributions to the mid century design.  Guest curated by Donald Albrecht, the show encompasses an array of works -from tableware and posters to vintage furniture and architecture.  The more that 35 creative professionals whose endeavors are highlighted include lesser known names along with the more prominent (George Nelson, Anni Albers, Saul Bass, Richard Neutra).

April 24-October 6, 2014. 736 Mission St., San Francisco. 11am-5pm, Friday to   Tuesday, until 8pm Thursday.  Closed Wednesday.  www.thecjm.org

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