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Vintage Outdoor Furniture from the Mundane to the Obscure

Mid-century outdoor furniture came in every shape in size, from your every-day vinyl laced umbrella sets to iron-wrought masterpieces by the likes of Harry Bertoia. Upon studying different styles, we have found some pretty obscure designs with no record of who designed them or where they came from. Below are some recognizable brands like Salterini and Van Keppel Green, along with others that seem to have no designer on record. Feel free to chime in if you can name the designer and year of manufacture for the unlabeled styles below!

 

By |August 21st, 2014| Comment

Event Spotlight: Palm Springs’s Modernism Week “Preview” this October

For the first time, Modernism Week of Palm Springs is holding a “Fall Preview,” which features a sampling of popular events and tours, as well as a scaled down Modernism Show and Sale of popular dealers from around the world. Tickets went on sale August 1st and some events sell out fast, so you better grab yours now!

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By |August 20th, 2014| Comment

The Tract Home Next Door

While some declining tract homes from the mid-20th-century have seen better days, tract housing that has been well maintained over the years is now top-dollar real estate. Here are a few tract neighborhoods that are still thriving in the Los Angeles area.

Mar Vista Tract

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The Mar Vista Tract development was planned in 1947 for a hundred houses on a 60-acre site. The first stage was 52 houses, which turned out to be the final stage. By rotating the one floor plan in different directions, architects Gregory Ain, Joseph Johnson, and Alfred Day were able to create a sense of variation between the houses.  Garage placement in relation to the house also gave each house its own individuality.

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Photos courtesy of Mar Vista Tract.

Park Planned Homes in Altadena

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In 1946, construction began on a community of 28 single-family homes on Highland Avenue of Altadena, CA. Designs for the neighborhood, streets, and homes were a collaborative effort by Ain, Johnson, and Day in an effort to bring modern architecture and lifestyle to the masses.

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Photos courtesy of Gregory Ain – Park Planned Homes

“Balboa Highlands” Eichler Tract of Granada Hills

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Designed by noted architects A. Quincy Jones, Frederick Emmons, and Claude Oakland, the Eichler tract known as “Balboa Highlands” was constructed from 1962-64 by developer Joseph Eichler, who built thousands of homes in Northern California. It is the first post-World War II neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley to achieve historic district status.

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Photos courtesy of Balboa Highlands.

Malibu West

The Malibu West tract, built in 1962 near Pacific Coast Highway, is made up of traditional and modern homes, many restored to their original design. To some, these midcentury houses may look like knockoffs of the famed tract homes built by Joseph Eichler, but Malibu West was built by Nisan Matlin and Eugene Dvoretzky, award-winning architects (now retired) who built Malibu West before Eichler had established his signature houses in Granada Hills. (source: Los Angeles Times)

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Photos courtesy of Los Angeles Times.

Lincoln Place in Venice

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Lincoln Place is not exactly a tract hosuing development, but it was built under similar ideals of delivering modern design to the masses. Architect Ralph A. Vaughn built the apartment community in 1950 as part of the World War II- work force housing, financed under Section 608 Title VI of the National Housing Act of 1934.

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By |August 19th, 2014| Comment

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