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Mid-Century + Modern Design

Highlighting the Mid-Century Modern aesthetic from home furnishings to decor.

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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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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’s all over for this year, but by all accounts the annual Kitchen & Bath Industry Show was a raging success.  I am blown away by some of the innovative products that were offered and would like to share a few with you.  Since our Eichler homes all share an open floor plan, the kitchen is often a fairly public space and keeping it modern looking and up-to-date is an aesthetic decision as well as a functional one.  With that in mind, I thought you might be interested in some of the latest kitchen trends as exhibited in the 2014 KBIS. 

Dacor walked away with top honors, winning Best In Show for its Discovery iQ 30” Wall Oven, and I can see why.  With its stainless steel finish and sleek styling it is a show-stopper.  The iQ wall oven features wireless

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In November the International Committee for the Documentation and Conservation of Buildings, Sites, and Neighborhoods of the Modern Movement (DoCoMoMo for short) announced its first ever annual Modernism in America Awards.  The results are in and winners have been announced, leaving me with a very pleased feeling for the respect that is being shown for our Mid-Century structures all over the U.S. 

The Design Award of Excellence went to the restoration of Furnace Creek Visitor Center at Death Valley National Park, CA.  In this restoration the jury cited exemplary attention to detail, respect for preservation, and sensitive restoration, adaptation, and expansion for continued productive use.


The Survey Award of Excellence was won by the Curating

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As I was browsing through a magazine the other day, a small article about a mid-century pottery company caught my eye.  What initially gained my interest, however, wasn’t the product – but the location of the factory.  The Bauer Pottery Company of Los Angeles is located in Highland, California – just a hop-skip-and-a-jump from where I spent many happy childhood summers visiting my grandparents.

Dating back to 1885, the original J.A. Bauer Pottery Company had its beginnings in Kentucky.  It relocated to Los Angeles in 1909 and produced tableware, vases, flowerpots, and planters until its closure in the early 1960s.  Among its products was California Colored Pottery, a line of vibrant dinnerware that gained tremendous popularity in the mid-1900s.  After

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Modernism is hitting Palm Springs hard this week, making it a hotbed of Mid-Century activity.  Palm Springs’ annual Modernism Week celebration kicks off Thursday (Feb. 13) with the after-dark Modern Mambo dance extravaganza in the Caliente Tropics Hotel (c. 1964) and continues through Sunday, February 23.

Events for Modernism Week will include the Palm Springs Fine Arts Fair, which features national and international artists and works of art; a self-drive Desert Contemporary Home Tour; walking tours; bus tours; films and lectures; jazzy parties; and lots of shopping.

Palm Springs is the epicenter of Mid-Century Modern architecture and Desert Modernism lifestyle.  In 2006 it earned a spot on the National Trust for Historic Preservation list of

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I didn’t know that Ray Eames was a woman!  As the ‘better half’ of the Eames collaboration, she and her husband Charles created many iconic designs of the 20th Century.  Although Charles originally worked as an architect and Ray was a designer and filmmaker, the Eames are probably best known for their contribution to modern furniture design.  I think we are all familiar with the celebrated Eames chairs.

The Ray Eames exhibition, which has been running in Sacramento since February 2013, celebrates the life and work of this amazing Sacramento native and features over 100 original works and artifacts from Eames Office and the Eames family collections.  As one of the 20th Century’s most significant artists, Ray Eames contributed not only to the world of

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