Monday, April 20, 2009

Forever Fullerton exhibit featuring the photography of Julius Shulman

My husband and I attended the opening night reception of Fullerton Museum’s new Forever Fullerton exhibit featuring the classic photography of world-renowned mid-century architectural photographer Julius Shulman. This was an especially exciting treat since I've admired his iconic images for years. But what made it even more special was the exhibit was comprised entirely of photos he took here in Fullerton during the 50s and 60s. More specifically of the Forever House tract of mid-century modern homes designed by Eichler design team Jones and Emmons. There were also images of Nicolas Junior High, Golden Hills Elementary and Fern Drive Elementary, which was cool for us since two of our children currently attend this school. The exhibit also featured authentic retro furniture staged in a living room setting. The equally fitting exhibit structure itself was designed by Fullerton’s own Silber Architects, whom were also instrumental in getting the show off the ground. The following reception included a nice buffet dinner and live jazz entertainment. Kudos to Fullerton Museum curator Richard Smith, and everyone else who made the exhibit possible. Whether a fan of mid-century architectural photography or just interested in seeing what homes looked like during the atomic age, do yourself a favor and visit before it closes July 19. You won’t be disappointed.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Cool Eames Stamps

To commemorate contributions to the world of art, architecture and furniture design, the US Postal Service has paid tribute to the celebrated work of husband-and-wife design team of Charles and Ray Eames with a series of signature postage stamps. A pane of 16 stamps, features a number of the couple’s iconic mid-20th century design offerings, including their iconic 1946 bent plywood chair, 1950 fiberglass chair and their 1956 lounge chair and ottoman and other Eames classics. You can get the stamps, which were designed by Derry Noyes, the postal service's art director, at post offices, or by calling 800-STAMP-24. Or by visiting