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The Passing of Architectural Photographer Jack Laxer

Jack Laxer spent the past six decades making his name as the most prolific and iconic architecture photographer of the 20th century.  He made his name focusing on the photography of Googie architecture, specifically in Los Angeles. His artistic talent and creative eye captured the essence and feel of the mid-century modern movement in and around Los Angeles. 

Googie architecture is a form of modern architecture and originated in Southern California in the late 1940s. It was a popular form of architecture with gas stations, coffee houses and motels. It later became known as mid-century modern architecture, which represented the populace style. Googie architecture features include upswept roofs, geometric shapes and very bold use of glass, steel and neon. Jack Laxer captured the style and form of the movement throughout the Los Angeles region.

His photographs of California modern architecture have been published in magazines and books, displayed in museums, and included in educational programs since the 1950s. He photographed the homes of Lucille Ball and Harold Lloyd with the Stereo Realist camera.      

He captured the architecture of Southern California in vivid color, sometimes even in three dimensions. He was 3D before 3D was cool. His subject matter perfectly embodies the spirit of modernism, both as an artistic movement as well as an everyday reality in postwar Los Angeles. 

Jack Laxer passed away in Culver City at the age of 91. He not only photographed Googie architecture, but found artistic inspiration in backyard parties, chemical molecules and other bits of life that brought us all joy. In 2009, he was awarded the Modern Master award by the Los Angeles Conservancy and had the honor to be a featured speaker at the Googie World Expo.      

His amazing views offer a full-color, 3D glimpse into a world that no longer exists, even as we drive by it every day.

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Finishing the powdercoat for these Belair beauties!
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by Gerald Olesker, CEO, ADG Lighting

 

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Fushengyu Hotspring Resort

Fushengyu Hotspring Resort Refreshes

Tree capped mountains generously dotted with temples are the signature of the Luo Fu Shan mountain range in China. The valleys of the range are distinctly rugged, carved out by flowing rivers with natural springs that bubble up into warm water wells. The Sichuan Basin and adjacent areas were the cradle of civilizations dating back to the 15th century BC. Just north of the town of Sichuan is the ideal location for the Fushengyu Hotspring Resort, design by AIM Architecture.

The Fushengyu Hotspring Resort offers a breathtaking architectural ensemble of structures that create the perfect retreat for the body and spirit. A central building named MuCeCo has a striking vaulted roof, making it appear more like a grand tent that a great commercial building. The lobby is dramatic, opening up into the main space of the building which contains a museum, a wedding hall and a conference hall. It then flows out the opposite side revealing a large deck exposing the valley below, overlooking the spa and park.    

From the beginning of the project, it was clear that the design of Fushengyu Hotspring resort would be driven by the ruggedly stunning scenery it is nestled within. The concept was shaped clearly on the land, and water that highlights this breathtaking region of Sichuan. As you progress through each step of bathing and relaxing in the warm pools of the spa, you get the opportunity of experiencing unique views of the range and valley from the different positions in the pools.

The guest villas of the Fushengyu Hotspring Resort are uniquely individual, but at the same time, create a unique uniformity of the resort. The timber structures feeling sturdy because of the rough timber, but constantly soothing. They evoke a sense of community and privacy for the guest experience. 

Funshengyu Hotspring Resort has a total area of approximately 764,000 square feet of built space nicely arranged on 52 acres. It is a resort that measures its success to the quality of the human experience in nature. It is a getaway that combines nature with luxury and careful contemporary architecture.

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Large lights for a beautiful beach home!

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by Gerald Olesker, CEO, ADG Lighting

radical architecture, American architecture

Radical Architecture Inspired by a Radical Culture

“Seeing architecture differently from the way you see the rest of life is a bit weird. I believe one should be consistent in all that one does, from the books you read to the way you bring up your children. Everything you do is connected. “

~David Chipperfield

 The Apollo 11 lands on the moon. The LGBT community celebrates the first Gay Liberation Day. Hippies celebrate the culture of peace and love across the country and demonstrate against an unpopular war.  The civil rights movement reaches a crescendo. A great president and a powerful civil rights leader are senselessly slain.

These are just some of the monumental events of the 1960s and 1970s that will forever shape the way we look at the radical culture of the time.  Those cultural events influenced every part of American life and we have felt their impact up through current times. One of the most significant areas of culture impacted by the 1960s and 1970s was in radical architecture.

One of the most celebrated minds of the radical architecture period was architect and scientist Buckminster Fuller. He was an American engineer, architect, and futurist who developed the geodesic dome—the only large dome that can be set directly on the ground as a complete structure and the only practical kind of building that has no limiting dimensions. Given the complicated geometry of the geodesic dome, dome builders rely on tables of strut lengths, or chord factors. Tables of chord factors, the essential design information for spherical systems, were for many years guarded like military secrets.

Fuller Geodome 

Other notable inventions and developments by Fuller included a system of cartography that presents all the land areas of the world without significant distortion; die-stamped prefabricated bathrooms; tetrahedronal floating cities; underwater geodesic-domed farms; and expendable paper domes. Fuller did not regard himself as an inventor or an creature of radical architecture. All of his developments, in his view, were accidental or interim incidents in a strategy that aimed at a radical solution of world problems by finding the means to do more with less.

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Another great collaboration with Shain Development featuring our #297 Barstock Iron Light Modern Lantern. 
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by Gerald Olesker, CEO, ADG Lighting
Kanye West Yeezy Studio Calabasas

Kanye West Launches YEEZY Home In Calabasas

“I want to do product, I am a product person. Not just clothing but water bottle design, architecture … I make music but I shouldn’t be limited to once place of creativity. I hang around architects mostly, people that wanna make things as dope as possible.”

~Kanye West, YEEZY

Entertainer, entrepreneur and social icon, Kanye West is constantly pushing the envelope and impacting modern culture. Best know for his music, he has taken his YEEZY brand to the top of fashion circles and made a name for himself as a designer. His shoe brand has become one of the most influential brands on the market.  Now, he is taking his YEEZY brand into the design space, specifically working with architects and interior designers to bring his inspirations to life. The design space is located in Calabasas, CA and will be the creative studio and headquarters for all aspects of the YEEZY brand.

The space was designed by longtime West collaborator Willo Perron. The equal parts rough and minimal spaces contain a mix of production facilities for West’s YEEZY brand clothing line, a recording studio, and meeting spaces, among other uses. The creative spaces reflect West’s collaborations with Axel Vervoordt for the rapper’s nearby home in Hidden Hills and speak to an interest on the part of West to mix and match visual modes. The endeavor will aim to include architectural and urban design in West’s growing collaborative art practice, which already includes music, film, fashion, and performance art initiatives. 

Kanye West has been known also for his outspoken political and social views, not to mention his strange behavior and comments during awards shows over the years. This has created a significant amount of controversy. Whether he is a lightning rod for public opinion or a genius marketer is up for significant debate. However, there is no doubt that the YEEZY brand is influential and Kanye is the one people are buzzing about. The old saying that any PR is good PR because people are talking may be just his approach. With that being said, Kanye West is a successful creative, and he is opening a door to an avenue for him to innovate and collaborate in with the backing of a powerful and influential brand.  

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A pair of gigantic lanterns at a client’s beach house 

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by Gerald Olesker, CEO, ADG Lighting

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Miami Architecture Glamorous Environmental

Miami River Hosts a New Industrial Headquarters

The styles of architecture displayed by the buildings in Miami include the pristine examples in the eponymous Art Deco District, but aren’t at all limited to them. Miami and Art Deco seem synonymous. The city is known for this particular architectural style, especially in South Beach. Miami offers a wealth of interesting architecture to explore, and the buildings employ more than the familiar pastels and geometric lines.

The latest structure on the Miami River by Oppenheim Architecture reflects the vibe of its surrounding neighbor, which is pure 1980’s Miami Vice, with palm trees lining both sides of the river and speed boats filling the private quays. The design team states that they drew inspiration from the simple geometry of shipping containers. Most appropriate for the region and adds to the true vibe of Miami.

Miami Architecture Waterfront Stylish

 The building comprises various shared and private offices, conferences rooms, and various other spaces where one can enjoy the beautiful Florida sunshine. The building is right on the water, so theoretically engineers working there could take a water taxi to work. Some might be skeptical of such a design inspiration. However, the interlocking concrete boxes creates inspiring spaces reflecting refinement and soothing appearances.

Today’s innovative thinking in architecture is demanding fresh thinking and vision to a new future. Impacts of population and conservation are forcing a new way of imagining the way we use space and build structures that are both functionally appealing and environmentally sound. This new design by Oppenheim Architecture hits all the marks.  Their design is elegant. Most of all, through a simple structure design, they have captured the essence of Miami and the waterfront lifestyle this glamorous city is best known for.         

Oppenheim Architecture is an award-winning architecture, planning, and interior design firm specializing in hospitality, commercial mixed-use, retail and residential buildings worldwide. The firm’s projects are crafted to establish the perfect balance between artistry and economics. They celebrate timeless architecture that is as beautiful as it is functional.  

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 Cut. Weld. Form

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by Gerald Olesker, CEO, ADG Lighting

Los Angeles City Hall Architecture

Los Angeles Appoints the First Chief Design Officer

The City of Los Angeles and Mayor Eric Garcetti have taken a bold step and appointed the first Chief Design Officer for the city. Because of the scale and pace of development of the city, Mayor Garcetti feels strongly about having a focus on the future while balancing the need for development and the importance of keeping the face of the city inspired. The challenges the city faces are vast; expanding the Metro system, Olympic infrastructure improvements and the desperate need to address the housing and homeless crisis. This is an area where the city has traditionally struggled.

Christopher Hawthorne was the architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times from 2004 to March of this year. Before coming to the LA Times, he was architecture critic for Slate and a frequent contributor to The New York Times. He is the co- author of The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture. Hawthorne grew up in Berkeley and has a bachelor’s degree from Yale. His vision for the new role is to make the city more beautiful, inclusive and efficient.

From the the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Broad Museum, or the beautiful angles of a modernist home next to a striking building outfitted with the minarets of a temple, Los Angeles architecture is unique and inspiring. The wonderful weather and the beautiful people found in Los Angeles have long inspired breathtaking architecture and a great number of dreamers and eccentrics. Frank Gehry and Frank Lloyd Wright were among the visionaries who came to Los Angeles and left their indelible mark on this City of Angels.

In an era of increased public awareness about urbanism, it makes sense that the people driving the discourse should be in a position to change things for the better. Making that happen, however, is incumbent on mayors and other officials. Inviting critics to become part of the city-building process is the first step; listening to them and giving them real authority has to come next.

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Gorgeous entry doors

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by Gerald Olesker, CEO, ADG Lighting

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