Modern Architecture

Just In: A Frank Gehry Chair Comes Full Circle

March 2, 2020

Just in to the LAMA showroom is a very special “Grandpa Beaver” chair designed by the legendary architect Frank Gehry — the very same chair that was among the 132 lots featured in LAMA’s first-ever auction on October 10, 1992.

Read more about Gehry’s “Grandpa Beaver” chair.

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Wendell Castle Chair

February 19, 2018

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Midway through putting together our February 25, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction, we were saddened to learn of the passing of pioneering American furniture artist Wendell Castle (1932 – 2018). No sooner had we celebrated the news that a stunning, recent piece by Castle would appear in our upcoming auction, we found ourselves mourning the loss of this envelope-pushing designer and craftsman, who was often dubbed the founding father of the Art Furniture Movement.

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Sheila Hicks

May 19, 2016

Lot 200, Sheila Hicks, Untitled, 1975“Getting to spend time with Sheila Hicks’s 1975 fiber construction has been a continual source of enjoyment since it was mounted on the wall of our showroom,” states LAMA’s Director of Modern Design & Fine Art, Peter Loughrey. “Few pieces in my experience have had such a captivating presence.” Peter fleshes out this work’s magnetism, from its unique context to its scale and honesty.

The Fulton Mall in Fresno Needs Your Help

March 17, 2014

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Time is running out to show your support for modern art, architecture, and historic preservation. Please donate to put a stop to the destruction of The Fulton Mall in Downtown Fresno. The 1000 Friends of Fresno is filing a lawsuit against the City of Fresno. For this to happen, they need to raise $50,000. They are making progress to their goal, but they need your help. Continue Reading for the link to make a donation.

Fate of J. R. Davidson House In Peril; Furniture to Go to Auction

April 29, 2013

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.

56th Annual Art + Architecture Tour

April 2, 2012

Don’t miss Southern California’s original and most exclusive home tour.

Marcel Breuer Furniture from Stillman I, II, and III

May 14, 2010

Modern master Marcel Breuer studied and taught at the Bauhaus in the 1920s, and during this time he pioneered steel tubular furniture.  Later in his career he would go on to explore wood to create innovative furniture.  LAMA has the honor to offer four lots of Marcel Breuer furniture from the famous Stillman I, II, […]

A. Quincy Jones and Fredrick Emmons: AIA Firm of the Year Award 1969 and ‘Builders’ Homes for Better Living’

March 26, 2010

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 […]