July 15, 2012 |
A century-old, red-brick office complex in Venice that once housed the business of legendary furniture designers Charles and Ray Eames has been sold to New York investors who plan to improve the property. The husband-and-wife Eames duo were among the most famous designers of the 20th century, creating popular modernist pieces, including a curvy leather-and-plywood lounger, that were widely embraced in the decades after World War II and are still sold today. DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners bought 901 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
July 20, 2000 |
Did Swedish modern furniture always look so unadorned? Not in the early modernism period between 1840 and 1940, when craftsmen used elegant woods, mostly blond birch, highlighted with rosewood and mahogany inlays and marquetry. "Most people associate Scandinavian furniture with the Danish-Swedish teakwood look, which is starkly modern," said Andrew Wilder, who specializes in this unusual niche of early modernism. "This is a beautiful middle ground between contemporary and traditional furniture."
September 7, 2000
* Art. "The Work of Charles and Ray Eames: A Legacy of Invention," an exhibit of furniture, art, film and other creations by the husband-and-wife designers, closes Sunday at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6000. * Theater. The Fabulous Monsters' take on "Hedda Gabler," "Speed-Hedda," closes Sunday at Evidence Room, 2220 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. Today-Sunday, 8 p.m. $15-$20. (213) 381-7118. * Museum.
August 6, 2000
It's obvious Ted Wu knows nothing of Charles and Ray Eames (and little of art or design) when he complains that the article "Eames in Name and in Spirit" shouldn't have been placed under the heading "art" (Letters, July 30). His definition of art--subjective, whimsical and answering to no one but the artist--fits the work of the Eameses perfectly and is what lifts their work far above the work-for-hire of mere designers. Long after the efforts of objective, serious and toadying designers are forgotten, Charles and Ray's subjective whimsy will be still be rightfully gracing art museums.
July 8, 1999 |
With home design fast becoming the next frontier in fashion, it follows that decorating one's home is now the newest form of self-expression. Enter Totem (http://www.totemdesign.com), a cutting-edge furniture store and virtual catalog based in New York City. Founded on the belief that "our existence, physical and even spiritual, can be enhanced by the objects in our lives," David Shearer opened Totem in 1997, inspired by a conversation he had had with design legend Ray Eames in the mid-'80s.
June 20, 2002 |
Tonight at 6:30, L.A.'s Natural History Museum presents "From the Hills to the Sea," a discussion on the development plans and ecology of the Westside green corridor, covering Baldwin Hills, Ballona Creek and Ballona Wetlands to the Santa Monica Bay. Speakers include Steve Fleishli of Santa Monica Baykeeper; Kimball Garrett of the Natural History Museum; Roy van de Hoek of the Sierra Club; and Jim Lamm of La Ballona Creek Renaissance. Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Blvd.
July 11, 2002
* "Mathematica," an exhibition designed by Charles and Ray Eames that celebrates the convergence of design and science, opens Friday at California Science Center in Exposition Park, Los Angeles, and runs through Sept. 8. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free; parking is $6. For more information, call (323) 724-3623.
October 19, 1989
Architects for Shelter will present a benefit architectural tour of Santa Monica and Pacific Palisades on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The group is a coalition of architects in the area. Proceeds will go to the Ocean Park Community Center, which provides a network of shelters and other services for runaway youth, battered women, the homeless and others.