Collection by Erika Heet

The 2010 LA Modernism Show


The opening night of the Los Angeles Modernism Show, held for the first time at Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport, was defined by intriguing pieces by both modern favorites and less-known—even anonymous—designers. There were happy discoveries, specifically, chairs by French designer Maria Pergay and Italian designer Gigi Radice. The 1970s made a strong showing this year, with macramé and clay sculptures mixed in with wood, chrome and steel pieces. Standouts included a Tony Duquette starburst sculpture from 1974, Le Corbusier chairs re-envisioned in concrete and rebar, and a complete 1960 prototype Holiday House trailer parked right outside. The show runs through Sunday, May 2.

Check out the sildeshow to see a few pieces that caught our eye.

The original showroom model for the Holiday House trailer, designed in 1960 for David H. Holmes, half of the Harry &...
Frank Gehry prototype Masonite-and-cardboard Easy Edges chairs, 1968–69.
A steel-and-leather chair by French designer Maria Pergay (born in 1930), one of only eight, before a 1970 steel chair...
Early 1950s vintage fabric in mint condition.
Detail of a signed and stamped chest by Swedish designer Edmund Spence, 1945.
Reform Gallery dedicated much of their show space to Paul Tuttle, who studied architecture at Frank Lloyd Wright's...
An installation with 1970s clay sculptures from Studio One 11.
The circa 1950 Arianna chair, by Italian designer Gigi Radice for Renzo Minotti, of bent plywood over steel and covered...
Primal Son, a 1974 brass, plastic and mirror sculpture made by Tony Duquette for a Pasadena estate.
Bicycle Race, a 1949 oil on canvas by painter G. Maurice Cloud, who was born in 1909, attended the Beaux-Arts Academy...
A late-1960s spiral stair designed by an aeronautical engineer to lead passengers to the bar inside a 747.
Referred to as a punk appropriation of Le Corbusier's iconic LC-2 chair, Stefan Zwicky's Grand Comfort Sans Comfort...

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