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Herman Miller Book from A. Quincy Jones and Elaine K. Sewell Jones Collection

Today I found another inspiring book from the A. Quincy Jones collection. This book titled “A statement of expectations” is a small folio of photographs and statements intended to organize the proposed plan for the Herman Miller building in Bath, England. This book was written by Max de Pree, Chairman of Herman Miller in 1978 and was given to architects from the Farrell Grimshaw Partnership.

This book along with an assortment of design books from the A. Quincy Jones and Elaine K. Sewell Jones Collection will be offered in one lot in the LAMA May 23, 2010 Modern Art & Design Auction.

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A. Quincy Jones Brody House photograph by Julius Shulman

The Brody House, designed by A. Quincy Jones circa 1950, exemplifies sophisticated modernism; a modernism void of the common economic limitations post-war architects faced when building commissioned houses. LAMA is representing material from the A. Quincy Jones and Elaine K. Sewell Jones Estate in the May 23, 2010 Modern Art & Design auction.  A lot offering of eight Julius Shulman vintage photographs of A. Quincy Jones buildings contains one photograph of the Sidney and Frances Brody Residence, which is stamped ” Photography by Julius Shulman, 1316-2″. This vintage silver gelatin photograph features a great room with many Billy Haines designed furnishings. This is a fantastic opportunity to own a Julius Shulman vintage photograph of an important modernist house.

A. Quincy Jones Brody House photograph by Julius Shulman, To be offered in LAMA May 23, 2010 Modern Art & Design Auction

Julius Shulman vintage photographs lot information:

Lot 114

Julius Shulman

A. Quincy Jones buildings(8)

Printed circa 1950s-60s

Vintage Silver Gelatin prints

Each retains “Photography by Julius Shulman” ink

stamp and inventory numbers

Comprised of images of St. Matthews Church,

Sidney Brody Residence, Sascha Brastoff Factory &

Showroom (4) and Klein Norton & Co building (2)

Each 8.5” x 11.5”

$2,000-3,000

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

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 the building user. They took advantage of the pre-fabricated industrial parts and materials of the time and fused the idea of custom-designed and retailer-designed homes, making homes both affordable and livable for post-war middle class Americans.  Jones and Emmons also worked together with John L. Chapman to produce a book titled ‘Builders’ Homes for Better Living’ (Reinhold Publishing), which explored the assumption that basic architectural elements were important to the builder and to the buyer . LAMA is offering for purchase a copy of this book from the A. Quincy Jones and Elaine Sewell Jones collection in the upcoming May 23, 2010 Auction, as well as the structure built to award A. Quincy Jones and Fredrick E. Emmons for their outstanding architectural achievements as the Firm of the Year in 1969. The structure archives important collaborative projects between Jones and Emmons, and showcases photographs shot by Julius Shulman of each of these projects.

Literature: From the pages of the Eichler Network newsletter by Cory Buckner

For further information or inquiries regarding these important architectural pieces, please email elizabeth@lamodern.com directly.

A. Quincy Jones and Fredrick E. Emmons AIA Firm of the Year Award 1969, To be offered in LAMA May 23, 2010 Modern Art & Design Auction

Builders' Homes for Better Living by A. Quincy Jones, Fredrick E. Emmons and John L. Chapman, To be offered in LAMA May 23, 2010 Modern Art & Design Auction

Chapter 1 from Builders' Homes for Better Living by A. Quincy Jones, Fredrick E. Emmons and John L. Chapman, To be offered in LAMA May 23, 2010 Modern Art & Design Auction

The Hang-It-All: A Gift from Ray Eames to Elaine K. Sewell Jones

The Hang-It-All, a well-known, iconic piece from Charles and Ray Eames, is a common piece put into reproduction due to its functionality and playful design. We, however, are selling an original Hang-It-All in the upcoming Spring 2010 LAMA Auction. This particular Hang-It-All is not just an ordinary original, this model was a gift from Ray Eames herself to Elaine K. Sewell Jones, the widow of A. Quincy Jones. In addition this example is in near pristine original condition, which is rare to find.  Stay tuned for our Spring 2010 Auction to see this piece in our catalog and eventually go on the auction block.

Original Hang-It-All by Charles and Ray Eames

Original Hang-It-All by Charles and Ray Eames

Detail of Original Hang-It-All by Charles and Ray Eames

Architectural Pottery designed by David Cressey from the A. Quincy Jones Collection

More from the A. Quincy Jones collection, and this time it is not books. We bring to you three pots by David Cressey for Architectural Pottery that resided in the atrium of the home of A. Quincy Jones and Elaine K. Sewell Jones. The three matching stoneware pots are detailed with intersecting lines that have a harmonious randomness. The plants inside the pots are equally spectacular. We are definitely selling the pots with the plants, so if you like the plants, bid on the pots!

David Cressey pots for Architectural Pottery from the A. Quincy Jones collection

David Cressey pots for Architectural Pottery from the A. Quincy Jones collection

A. Quincy Jones, Sascha Brastoff Ceramics Factory built 1953

Lately we have been very focused on the material from the A. Quincy Jones collection, and today a LAMA Blog reader brought even more A. Quincy Jones information to our attention. After scouring the internet for a basic background on the Brastoff Ceramics Factory, I completely forgot about A. Quincy Jones’ personal portfolio of his projects that was compiled in his office in the early 1970s. Lo and behold I found detailed information on the Brastoff Ceramics Factory, in addition to Julius Shulman photographs of the exterior and interior of the building.

In 1953 A. Quincy Jones and Frederick E. Emmons, Jones’ partner in several projects, constructed the Sascha Brastoff Ceramics Factory, which was located on 11520 West Olympic Boulevard in Los Angeles. Unfortunately the building was torn down in the 1981. In the A. Quincy Jones portfolio the description of the building states, “The architects developed a portion of the manufacturing facility to serve as a continuing demonstration of the work that went on in production.” In addition special stairs and a viewing pad were installed for visitors to watch ceramic production. Also, exposed pipes and ducts were painted in colors to define function and bring a light feeling to those who visited the factory.

Plans and illustrations of the factory were featured in Arts & Architecture Magazine July 1953.  The building was also featured in Progressive Architecture in 1954. An original copy of the July 1953 Arts & Architecture was also in the A. Quincy Jones collection, so I took a photograph of the article for further reference.

Here are Julius Shulman photographs of the Brastoff Cermaics Factory from the A. Quincy Jones collection that will be offered in the upcoming Spring 2010 LAMA Auction.

Exterior of Brastoff Factory, Reprodution of Julius Shulman Print

Original Article of the Brastoff Ceramics Factory in the Arts & Architecture July 1953 Issue

Ceramic Production in the Sascha Brastoff Factory, Julius Shulman Photograph

Brastoff Factory, Julius Shulman Photograph

Interior Gallery Brastoff Factory, Julius Shulman Photograph

Julius Shulman Stamp

The Business of Building Magazine (1955) from the A. Quincy Jones Collection

After more rummaging through the assortment of books from the A. Quincy Jones collection, I stumbled upon this interesting magazine called “The Business of Building”. This particular copy is the Research Village issue from 1955 and is stapled into sections that Elaine Jones put together for her press book of A. Quincy Jones’ post-war housing examples.  The cover shot oozes Mid-Century modern with the harmonious blocking of primary colors kicked with hints of orange. The featured article describes the benefits of using commercial materials to build homes that are both economical and aesthetically pleasing.  An A. Quincy Jones house serves as the example, showcasing the malleable nature of commercial material, which gave families the option to shift partitions to customize the layouts of their homes. The photographs of the interiors highlight the fluidity of the home through open passageways between the living, dining, and kitchen areas. The color blocking serves to define space, as well as the exposed joints and beams, which remove the feeling of “boxiness”.  Here are a few photos from the magazine.