Abetica Studios, architecture, Design, Travel

Modernism Week 2020


We spent another sunny and warm afternoon in Palm Springs, this time exploring the architectural gems of the desert for Modernism Week 2020.

Our first stop on our extended journey is Palm Springs City Hall, located at 3200 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, just down the street from the Palm Springs International Airport.

Designed by legendary Palm Springs architect Albert Frey, city hall was constructed in 1952.

Just as I was getting ready to press the shutter, the Modernism Week tour bus pulled up full of modernism aficionados for a brief visit. I thought it made for an interesting shot.

Follow us as we explore more iconic architecture of Palm Springs over the next few weeks.




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Johnston and Gentithes Studios, 1998


This beautiful pottery was created by Johnston and Gentithes Studios of Seagrove, NC. Added to our collection in 1998 while attending the Arts & Crafts Conference at the Grove Park Inn (Asheville, North Carolina), I believe this is a shino glaze, but perhaps someone can correct me if I’m wrong.

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Ray Kappe, AIA – Naples Island Remodel


I wish I knew more about this Mid-Century Modern, set along the seaside canals of Naples Island in Long Beach, California. Built in the 1940s, the home was remodeled in 1956 by renowned Long Beach architect Ray Kappe.

I’ve always paused and admired it since I was a kid growing up in the neighborhood back in the 60s/70s.

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Modernist George Montierth, AIA


Another personal waterfront favorite along the canals of Naples Island in Long Beach, California is this 1948 George Montierth-designed mid-century modernist.

Surprisingly, not much is published about the locally prolific Long Beach, California architect, who not only designed a number of timeless buildings from his offices in the Ocean Center Building in downtown Long Beach in the 1940s and 50s, but also mentored several young architects who went on to higher fame.


#midecentury #midcenturymodern #architecture #design #georgemontierth  #architect #landscape

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Meet “Blu” – our office mascot


“Blu” is the name of this beautiful handcrafted bunny rabbit, created by artist Catherine Freeman of Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

Blu was a housewarming gift from one of our clients when we opened our first studio offices in 2006. She’s as soft as a baby bunny!

Blu is made of imported mohair, wool/tapestry pads for the soles of her feet, with 5-way jointed movements of wood and metal. Blu greets visitors to our offices, and is beloved by all who meet her!

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NYC #MoMA using Material Design icons in the real world to guide visitors

While you might have only encountered Material Design in apps and the web, Google’s open-source design system has one major real-world application. Since last year, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City has been using Material Design icons to help guide visitors. more…

via NYC MoMA using Material Design icons in the real world to guide visitors — 9to5Google

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Indigenous Inhabitants


Newport Center, Newport Beach. Intaglios incised carving by Tom Van Sant (1967).

One of my favorite places to spend the holidays is Newport Beach, where I love to study the “brutalist” architecture of Newport Center. In 1967, artist Tom Van Sant created a series he called “Indigenous Inhabitants” that captured the region’s wildlife (many of which are extinct now) in concrete using a technique called Intaglios – Italian for incised carving. His work was commissioned by Architects William Pereira and Welton Becket.