midcentury design

Auction Day is Here: May 19, 2019

May 18, 2019

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Auction Day is Here! Sunday, May 19th.

Read our blog for helpful tips for getting you through the auction process! Bidding, Directions, Food, etc.

Artist Spotlight: Wendell Castle

May 8, 2019

Artist Spotlight: Wendell Castle

Cited as the father of the American Studio Furniture Movement, Wendell Castle (1932–2018) produced a prolific body of work over the course of his six decade-long career. Castle was one of the first, and most successful, artists to seamlessly blend the aesthetic sensibilities of sculpture with the accessibility of furniture. Through his signature organic forms, the artist “invented his own visual language,” that challenged the predominant modernist insistence that form follow function. 

Read more about Wendell Castle in today’s Artist Spotlight for the May 19, 2019 Modern Art and Design Auction.

Designs from the Cleo Baldon Estate

February 1, 2016

Cleo Baldon

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.

John Smith: California Tapestries

May 1, 2014

Known for his tapestries and mosaics, John Smith contributed to the California craft movement and his designs were featured in the California Design exhibitions at the Pasadena Art Museum. In the upcoming May 18, 2014 Modern Art & Design Auction, we are offering three tapestries, bright narratives designed to complement the warm interiors of mid-century Southern California.

Calling All Modern Art, Design & Furniture for the upcoming LAMA Spring 2010 Auction!

February 3, 2010

We are in the process of gearing up for the next LAMA Auction, and to make this auction better than the last, we are calling for your Modern Art, Design and Furniture! If you have a single piece to an entire estate of Modern and/or Contemporary material ranging from fine art, design, and sculpture, to […]

Lloyd Wright House Tour with LACMA Decorative Arts and Design Council

February 2, 2010

Yesterday afternoon, as members of the LACMA Decorative Arts and Design Council, we took exclusive tours of two Lloyd Wright houses and the legendary Castillo del Lago.  The first Lloyd Wright house we visited was the Lloyd Wright Studio on Doheny Drive in West Hollywood. The exterior cement surrounding the house has been recently restored, […]

Peter Loughrey in the February 2010 Antiques Roadshow Insider

February 1, 2010

In the February 2010 issue of the Antiques Roadshow Insider Peter Loughrey is mentioned in an article titled “A Complete, Honest Pot” about Vivika and Otto Heino written by Pete Prunkl. The article discusses the lives of the Heino’s and an in depth analysis of their artistic style as 20th Century American potters. Peter Loughrey states […]

Art Los Angeles Contemporary at the Pacific Design Center

January 29, 2010

Last night we attended the highly anticipated opening of Art Los Angeles Contemporary at the Pacific Design Center.  Over 50 galleries were represented in individual booths, each showcasing their hottest works. The space was packed with all sorts of people from artists and dealers to decorators and collectors. The amount of art was a bit […]