Friday, April 26, 2013

Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Chair

Repost from Daily Icon:
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Wright has offered at auction several original drawings of the Barcelona Chair by Mies van der Rohe.
When Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona chair was introduced in 1929 it was critically acclaimed but the cost and difficulty of chrome plating the frames limited production. By the early 1950s technology had caught up to Mies van der Rohe’s progressive furniture designs and both Knoll Associates and Gerald Griffith were producing his forms. Chairs produced by Knoll and Gerald Griffith can be distinguished by looking at the intersection of the base; works made by Gerald Griffith feature a crisp hard-edged intersection while versions by Knoll have a reinforced curved intersection.
The Mies van der Rohe office found Gerald Griffith in 1949. The challenge of creating the Barcelona chair in stainless steel – something engineers said could not be done – appealed to Griffith’s tenacious personality. After much experimentation and exploration, Griffith completed the task and he produced Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona and Tugendhat designs in stainless steel for a number of years.
Provenance: The Office of Mies van der Rohe, Chicago | Edward A. Duckett, Bowling Green | David Bryant, Bowling Green In celebration of Mies van der Rohe’s 125th birthday, Wright’s senior specialist Michael Jefferson presented the history of the Barcelona chair to The Mies van der Rohe Society.
Blueprint and Elevation of the Barcelona chair, 1950, Auction at Wright

Wow, they went for a lot! Very, very cool...

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These fabrication shots are amazing!

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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Mattel Children's Hospital Dollhouse Project

Sometimes I really love the fact that I don't always know what I'm going to be working on from one day to the next. This time was no exception. Since I've done a lot of architectural models in the past, I was referred by the friend of the wife of a good friend to help a Landscape Design office to build the front yard/landscaping of a Huge bright pink doll house that was going to be auctioned off for charity.

The whole undertaking was really impressive. So many different design firms were involved, and everyone had to do their piece of the puzzle. The houses (there were about 10 of them) were being manufactured in the Factory of a really well known high-end furniture manufacturer here in Los Angeles. They were all really impressive. The auction will be held this Wednesday, I hope they raise a ton of money!

here's a link to the LA times article:,0,4853777.story
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Friday, April 12, 2013

Abstract Organic Live Edge Burl Coffee Table-TAKE 2!

So after finishing the other table for my pal Glen, he nearly had to pry it from my hands. I had it in my living room for a while until we could finally find a time to meet up, and I really fell in love with it during that time.

It was a bit too big for my space though, so I've been keeping an eye out for another similar one ever since, and I finally found one at my super top secret thrift store location! I had to shoe away these two guys that were looking at it over my shoulder as I was looking at it, (poor thrifting etiquette tsk tsk). Even though I told them I was going to take it, those sneaky guys tried to go above my head and talk to the shop owner about buying it. Little did they know, I've been going there for over 15 years! So Ha! take that! Thrifting karma!

Since the owner hooked me up, I was in no position to haggle. Oh well! I still got a great deal though. A few weeks later, I dropped it off at my friend Fernando Garces' shop to have it refinished, I think it came out great!
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