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April 2014

Found 9 blog entries for April 2014.

Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism just opened at San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum.  Organized in collaboration with guest curator Donald Albrecht, the exhibit explores the design and architectural contributions that Jewish émigrés made in in post-WWII America.

The exhibit includes art, architecture, and everyday objects that have become an integrated part of American homes.  Included in the display is an advertisement for an Eichler home, paying homage to the fact that Joseph Eichler, in addition to being at the forefront of Modernism in America, was known for his progressive views on nondiscrimination.  Other work on display at this celebration of Mid-Century Modern sensibilities is work by Alvin Lustig, Ruth Adler Schnee, and

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Inspiration is an interesting thing and it can come from anywhere; a chance comment by a friend, a piece of music, or something read about in a book.  Joseph Eichler’s inspiration, which created a lifestyle for thousands of Californians, came from his experience as a tenant living in a Frank Lloyd Wright designed house called the Bazett House.

Built in 1939 for Sidney Bazett, the Usonian Bazett House in Hillsborough CA was home to Eichler during the early 1940s until new owners, Betty and Louis Frank, moved in in 1945.  It was the memory of his time in this home, with its open floor plan, use of natural materials, and light filled spaces that inspired the milk and egg salesman from California to share his love of this style of architecture by producing

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We recently expanded Eichler For Sale to include information, news, and listings for Eichler homes in Sacramento and Southern California.  Doing so reminded me of the children’s book If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, a circular tale where one thing leads to another until you find your way back to the beginning.  In putting the pages together for Sacramento and SoCal, I found myself being sidetracked by just about everything I found.

One particularly interesting website I found was a map that Modern San Diego put together identifying the Mid-Century Modern Architecture of San Diego.  (I know – how in the world did I end up there?  There are NO Eichlers in San Diego.)  Anyway for our SoCal readers – or anyone planning a trip down there who might be

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It seems as thought there is always something interesting happening at Heath Ceramics.  This Friday evening, Heath and House Industries will celebrate their latest collaboration with the launch of Heath House Clocks.  The celebration will feature live jazz and an insider’s opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind clock colors that will be available exclusively at the kick-off gala.  The party starts at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 18, 2014 at the Heath Showroom in San Francisco.

If you are a SoCal resident (or planning a trip to the sunny southern regions of our state…) Summerland will be bringing a mini farmer’s market to Heath Los Angeles on the first Saturday of every month.  Get a discount on your first order and – just maybe, if you are lucky – be the

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Tradition has it that the only home that can be considered an Eichler is a home actually built by the great Mid-Century builder Joseph Eichler.  While I’m in agreement with that notion, I’m interested to see that there is a movement afoot to build some brand-new Eichlers that embrace the contemporary, California Modern design aesthetic while bringing it firmly into the 21st Century.

At the forefront of these reimagined Eichler-style homes is SoCal based KUD Properties, which is the exclusive builder of Desert Eichler Homes in the mecca of modernism, Palm Springs.  If all goes as planned, an entire neighborhood of Palm Springs Eichler reproductions may well join its original SoCal Eichler brethren where 1960s vintage Eichler tracts can be found in

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I love Eichler neighborhoods where a sense of community and neighborliness prevail.  Block parties and community center events provide a good time for young and old; but this time of year, when the weather is pleasant and people are looking for an excuse to get out and roam, a well-organized neighborhood garage sale can be loads of fun for everyone (as well as help you and your neighbors reduce clutter and maybe even make a little $$).

People love sales where there are plenty of items – which makes the neighborhood concept a winner.  Families with lots of odds and ends to sell can go it alone, while those with just a few bits and pieces can join forces with a neighbor or two to create an enticing display - as well as sharing the labor.  If you’d like

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Silicon Valley Contemporary will kick off its inaugural celebration of contemporary art for acquisition with an exclusive First Look preview, open to Black Card holders, on Thursday, April 10, 2014.  First Look guests will enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres as they preview art created by some of the world’s most respected contemporary artists.  The Opening Night Preview, which is open to all Black Card and VIP pass holders, will follow First Look and includes an awards presentation and reception.

The event will continue through April 13, 2014 and will feature – in addition to its impressive art show – programs on collecting art, presentations by artists, and a RSVP Downtown San Jose Public Art Walking Tour.

In conjunction with Silicon Valley Contemporary,

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I don’t really need an excuse to visit Heath Ceramics; but, if I did need one, their current in-store exhibition illustrating David Mellor Design’s iconic cutlery provides a great one! 

David Mellor is a British designer with an international reputation and has been described as “Britain’s greatest post-war product designer”.  Although he generated a great variety of designs through his career, he is renown for his classic modern cutlery design.  The current exhibition, David Mellor Design History, will run through April 13, 2014 at the Heath San Francisco Factory & Showroom and features original sketches, drawings, and flatware prototypes – as well as objects used in the actual factory manufacture of the cutlery.

Don’t pass up the opportunity to

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 It seems impossible that we are already through the first quarter of the year!  As I predicted at the close of 2013, inventory of Eichler homes for sale is picking up.  Currently there are seventeen Eichler properties for sale in the Bay Area and I’ve found one Eichler for sale in Sacramento and another in SoCal.

Just last weekend our team held open houses for three of our Bay Area Eichler listings.  I hosted the party at 99 Pikes Peak Drive, San Rafael – and our listings at 815 Appleberry Drive, San Rafael and 8050 Shay Drive in Oakland rounded out the trifecta.  If you didn’t make it to the open house, but are interested in any of these amazing homes give us a call and we can set you up with an appointment to take a look.

City dwellers will want

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