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    Tomorrow: Opening Ceremony for Grant Mudford, Building by the Julius Shulman Institute

Tomorrow: Opening Ceremony for Grant Mudford, Building by the Julius Shulman Institute

Grant Mudford is the 2014 recipient of the Julius Shulman Institute Excellence in Photography Award, which will be presented at an opening and awards ceremony tomorrow night, Thursday, April 3. The public reception will commence a three-week-long exhibition that celebrates the Australian’s illustrious photography career.

According to the Institute, “Grant Mudford deconstructs the elemental components of architecture, transforming the rebar, concrete and stucco of ordinary building sites into poignant statements about frailty and strength.”

The ceremony and exhibition will be held at the WUHO Gallery in Los Angeles at 6pm. See a sneak peek of the work below., and find out more on the Institute website.

Photos of Los Angeles Mine Conveyor Towers Julius Shulman Institute Exhibition Industrial Photos Mudford Grant Mudford photography Award Winning Photography Grant Mudford_portrait

Inspire Me Monday: Juicy Colors for Spring

Springtime has us feeling bright and sunny; a wonderful time to bring in radiant oranges and yellows! Get inspired with some of these juicy orange-inspired interiors and fabrics.



A History of Tranquil Fountains Enhancing Architecture and Urban Landscapes

In the 1960s, Frank Lloyd Wright’s legacy continued with much gusto by his architectural firm Taliesin Associates. San Francisco commissioned the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts (CPA), which features Gaudi type curves on the building as well as a water fountain serving an organic component to enhance the urban landscape and give a feel of nature in the city.

san jose night

In the late 50s, Frank Lloyd Wright had a design in mind for an opera house that he envisioned in Baghdad, Iraq. Arizona State University president Grady Gammage, who was was friends with Wright, coincidentally called him around the same time and asked Wright to consider a design for a performing arts center on the ASU campus. Wright agreed to visit the university in Tempe, AZ, take a tour of the campus, and see what he could come up with.

To his amazement and relief, Frank Lloyd Wright declared that the university was the perfect site for the opera house he had imagined in Baghdad. Grady and Wright were thrilled at this fortunate moment of synchronicity.

Wright spent the last years of his life preparing the sketches for the Performing Arts Center. William Welsey Peters from his firm made sure the building was completed to Wright’s specifications after his passing in 1959. Coincidentally, Grady Gammage passed in 1959 as well. Neither one of the men were alive for the grand completion of the building.


And last but not least, the Paul Masson Champagne Cellars in Saratoga, CA. Why yes, that is a fountain with a spiraling ramp that is flowing champagne! The image is by Ansel Adams and was quite the famous postcard in the 1960s. Paul Masson’s legendary quote states “Good Wine Makes Good Friends.”


Inspirational Source: DOCOMOMO promotes the study, interpretation, and protection of the architecture, landscape, and urban design of the Modern Movement.

Inspire Me Monday: Vintage Los Angeles

Do vintage diners and mid-century artifacts make you swoon? Today’s inspiration will be right up your alley. A new exhibit at the Huntington Library features thousands of vintage photos taken of mid-century Los Angeles. We’ve chosen a few of these lovely black and whites to repost here, or you can read all about it in Los Angeles Magazine.

Vintage Photo of LA Diner

Vintage Photo of Mid-Century Modern Home Vintage Cars in LA Streets Palm Trees of Old Los Angeles Mid-Century Modern Home Mid-Century Grocery Market George Nelson Bubble Lamps in Mid-Century Los Angeles All photos are owned by the Huntington Library


Inspire Me Monday: Jaw Dropping Photos by Mario De Lopez

Not every photographer has a keen eye for beautiful design and mid-century aesthetics. Los Angeles photographer Mario De Lopez, however, boasts an incredibly rich and diverse portfolio, featuring everything from moving portraits to stunning product shots. Here are a few of our personal favorites from his body of work:

Architecture Design Outdoor Mid-Century Modern Chairs Modern Sculpture Modern Los Angeles Home Mid-Century Modern Glass Lovely Shadows Incredible Chair European Restuarant Eames Plywood Chair Eames Chairs China Lanterns

See more of Mario De Lopez’s work on www.mariodelopez.com.