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Posts from the ‘history’ Category

The Fountain Lady

Ruth Asawa is an artist whose talents first started to blossom while in an interment camp during World War II. Her drawing skills were noticed and encouraged by her teachers, and is what helped her move towards the arts after she graduated high school.   Read more


Walter Gropius founded the Bauhaus in 1919 in Weimer, Germany.  Gropius believed a marriage of art and design would bring about a utopian craft guild. In 1923 he realized it was financially impractical to have  everything hand crafted, and adapted his belief to incorporate mass production of the arts, at this time the school adopted the slogan, “Art Into Industry.” Read more

1970’s Revival

Many design dont’s spawned from the 70’s decade of orange and brown, but one thing that has risen from the ashes and gotten renewed attention are fiber art wall hangings. They might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but one has to marvel at the level of detail in these knotted relics.
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I recently came across an article discussing mid-century modern furniture and it’s relevancy today.  I excitedly clicked the link, hoping to see some designs that often get overlooked.  Read more

Raul Coronel

Modernist Master Ceramist, Raul Coronel, made pots, lamps, sculptures, fountains, ceramic murals and architectural elements from 1956 until 1985 in Southern California. Read more

Preserving Mid-Century

Recently we had the opportunity to work with a group we highly respect, and of course we jumped at the offer! Preservation Austin, “… protect(s) the diverse architectural and cultural heritage of the greater Austin community.” This year their efforts were focused around something that is near and dear to our heart, mid-century architecture. Read more

Atomic Ranch

In the late 1940’s, after the end of World War II, the tract home took off in popularity as millions of houses were constructed across the states.  The ranch style became the dominant design, and at the time was considered a radical new approach. Many architects began add modernist themes to these tract homes. Read more