From the 1960s and onwards, Cleo Baldon designed more than 3,000 pools in and around Los Angeles. She has been credited with the invention of the lap pool in the early seventies, a contribution that helped to advance the personal fitness revolution. At the same time, Baldon was a force for SoCal cool and sybaritic relaxation. She designed successful lines of outdoor furniture that married the sleek minimalism of modernist design with materials redolent of the region’s Spanish Colonial heritage. LAMA’s February 21, 2016 auction will include ten lots of furniture and designs by Ms. Baldon from her estate, as well as fine art comprising of two vintage photographs by Baldon’s close friend Julius Shulman and three original works of art by Oskar Fischinger.
J. R. Davidson, architect of Case Study Houses #1, #11, and #15, was instrumental in transforming the Los Angeles landscape through his mid-century houses that employed expansive yet sensible floor plans. The upcoming May 19, 2013 Modern Art & Design Auction features a selection of furniture (each lot comes with a Julius Shulman photograph) designed by Davidson for the Kingsley residence, a modern gem in the Pacific Palisades. While the fate of the house is still unknown, it seems likely that it will be torn down to build a larger structure.
Now is your chance to acquire furniture from a home that may suffer the same destruction as many homes that helped to define Los Angeles’ modern landscape.
The Brody House, designed by A. Quincy Jones circa 1950, exemplifies sophisticated modernism; a modernism void of the common economic limitations post-war architects faced when building commissioned houses. LAMA is representing material from the A. Quincy Jones and Elaine K. Sewell Jones Estate in the May 23, 2010 Modern Art & Design auction. A lot […]
A. Quincy Jones and Fredrick Emmons: AIA Firm of the Year Award 1969 and ‘Builders’ Homes for Better Living’
A. Quincy Jones and Fredrick E. Emmons collaborated on numerous architectural projects from 1951 till Emmons’ death in 1974. Jones and Emmons worked together to produce thousands of Eichler homes, and received commissions for churches, universities, manufacturing plants, and libraries. They worked with new materials, were very aware of site design, and focused attention on […]
Lately we have been very focused on the material from the A. Quincy Jones collection, and today a LAMA Blog reader brought even more A. Quincy Jones information to our attention. After scouring the internet for a basic background on the Brastoff Ceramics Factory, I completely forgot about A. Quincy Jones’ personal portfolio of his […]
We are extremely honored to represent several items from the Julius Shulman Estate. Including several rare ceramic works by Beatrice Wood and Gertrud & Otto Natzler. Shulman was close friends with both and was neighbors of the Natzler’s for many decades. For today’s pick, I am featuring a welded metal sculpture by Bernard (Tony) Rosenthal. […]