A wide selection of titles related to The Sea Ranch, its iconic architecture, the architects and designers who created it, and the people who inhabit it.
Barbara Stauffacher Solomon was a pioneer of what came to be known as Supergraphics: monumental graphics designed in harmony with architecture. Her iconic style – mixing Swiss Modernism and West Coast Pop – influenced many designers at the time.
Her supergraphics at The Sea Ranch are among the most important designs of the 20th Century and are not to be missed when visiting us here on the coast.
In addition to an impressive portfolio, she boasts a fascinating life story. Ranging from being a teenage flamenco dancer, to marrying a well known film director, to suddenly finding herself a young widow with a child to support. At a crossroads, she moves to Switzerland to study under the influential modernist designer Armin Hofmann, before returning to the U.S and creating influential designs that were bigger and bolder than her Swiss counterparts.View full product details
The Sea Ranch. Placewares' home.
Each copy signed by fellow Sea Rancher and architect, Donlyn Lyndon.
One hundred miles north of San Francisco, the Sonoma County coast meets the Pacific Ocean in a magnificent display of nature. This is the location of the Sea Ranch, an area covering several thousand acres of large, open meadows and forested natural settings and interspersed with award-winning architecture. The ecologically inspired plan drawn up for the Sea Ranch in the mid-1960s caused a quiet revolution in architecture. Renowned landscape designer Lawrence Halprin’s master plan incorporated a set of building guidelines that structured the visual, as well as physical, impact upon the landscape. Subsequent buildings by architects such as Joseph Esherick, Charles Willard Moore, Donlyn Lyndon, and William Turnbull have been recognized worldwide for their remarkable environmental sensitivity. This revised and updated edition of the now-classic monograph, the only one on the Sea Ranch, contains eleven additional projects and an updated account of the ongoing development process and land-management issues.
Authors: Donlyn Lyndon and Jim Alinder
Size: 11" × 11" | 304 pages
The definitive monograph on William Turnbull, Jr., of MLTW architects.
Architectual Monograph number three documents twenty of William Turnbull's most well known and beautiful buildings and houses, ranging in scope from the Sea Ranch Condominium 1(1965), designed by Turnbull in collaboration with Charles Moore, Donlyn Lyndon, and Richard Whitaker (MLTW), to his own house in Napa Valley, CA (1991).Authors: Donlyn Lyndon and Jim Alinder
Essays by Donlyn Lyndon, Mitchell Schwarzer, Mary Griffin and William Stout.
Edited by William Stout, Dung Ngo with Lauri Puchall
Size: 250 pagesView full product details
Placewares Out-of-Print Collection
Title: Lawrence Halprin: Notebooks 1959-1971
Author: Lawrence Halprin
Publisher: The MIT Press - Cambridge, MA & London, England, 1972
"People 'think' in different ways, and I find that I think most effectively graphically and also that my thinking is influenced a great deal by my ability to get it down where I can 'look at it' and think about it further—the process of thinking with me generates more thinking—the notebooks, in other words, have been not only a way of 'recording' ideas but also of 'generating' ideas...they are ways of running out what I call series of alternative SCORES." - Lawrence Halprin
These selections from Halprin's personal and professional notebooks take us as far as it may be possible to go within the imagination of another person, especially one whose highly energized originality is moving in several directions simultaneously. Halprin's creativity, as his notebooks attest, springs from his synthesizing instincts: the joining of elements of landscape and cityscape, melding of individual architectural entities with community living patterns. The whole is enlivened by Halprin's awareness in such matters as group and ecological dynamics, participatory art, the choreography and scoring of human movement.
The notebooks reveal an embracing of progressively more inclusive environments over the years: "In the early notebooks there is emphasis on gardens and on landscape...the latter notebooks reflect my increasing interest and commitment to the total environment as an integrating matrix for 'community.'" The reader will find here both an abiding interest in the natural environment and an evolving interest in the man-made environment. There are numerous drawings of mountains, rock formations, and waterfalls in California and elsewhere and an increasing concern with cities and how they can best serve man and nature. Halprin records his reactions to a worldwide array of cities—Paris, Venice, Los Angeles, Jerusalem—and displays drawings of their grand aspects and sketches of their intimate features.
Other entries reflect the inception and growth process of ideas later to be fully realized in book form (Cities; Freeways; New York New York; The RSVP Cycles) or in built form (the Portland fountains). Still others relate to Halprin's recent involvement with community workshops, group sessions and participatory planning. In short, the full range of Halprin's imagination and professional activities is displayed here: "These notebooks have been—for me—a process...a way of exploring ideas and of 'scoring' the future...they are filled with the trying-out-of-things...of alternative score S which have then been either discarded or recycled into actuality or put aside for other times...they are full of letters either sent or not sent, articles published or never submitted for publication, speeches made or only imagined...an assemblage."
The material in this book represents about one-twelfth of the original notebooks and was selected by an associate, Jim Burns, on the grounds that someone close to Halprin's work but at one removed from his total personal involvement could best present a cross section equally accenting past interests and current concerns. The notebook is entirely written in Halprin's very legible hand.
Hardcover. 384 pages. 8" x 1" x 10". Illustrated.
Condition: Very Good (VG). very minor discoloring on page leaf edges.View full product details
Rarely is a book so perfectly titled
Joseph Esherick was arguably the foremost San Francisco architect from the 1960s until his death in the late 1990s, following in the wake of William Wurster. Esherick established his own practice in the late 1940s and the firm produced a continuous stream of laudable buildings, among them houses appropriate to their site and times. Affected less by national and international fashion than by the exigencies of local climate, social demands, and suitable technology, Esherick produced a large number of truly classic residences.
Author: Marc Treib
Size: 262 ppView full product details
From the person who graced The Sea Ranch and world with inspired supergraphics
WHY? is 80 Years of Art & Design in Pix & Prose, Juxtaposed: Lifelines & land(e)scapes from the SF Art Institute to nightclub dancing in NY, to SF's Art in Cinema & the Hollywood movie scene, 1945-55, to studying graphic design in Basel, Switzerland, 1956-62, to a SF design office & painting Supergraphics at The Sea Ranch, 1967, to studying architecture at UCB, to work in Berlin, Barcelona, Paris, NY & SF.
After all this, I sat still & became obsessed with 8 ½" x 11" sheets of white paper. I typed lines. I drew lines. Letterforms lined up into words. Words lined up into straight lines. Straight lines, one above another, lined up into columns & stories. Each line & liaison led to the next & related to the rest. I cut-&-paste a lot on more sheets of 8 ½" x 11" paper and became a knotty Y-NOT-KNOT lady looking on from across the book's binding, glued, I looked for secrets in white shapes, the precious nothing of wide margins, the white space no one notices between the lines and lies, behind the scenes & in my life. WHY NOT?
Includes a Q&A between Adrian Shaughnessy and Barbara Solomon with an afterward by Barbara herself.
Size: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7" | 155 pagesView full product details
Placewares Out-of-Print Collection
Title: The RSVP Cycles: Creative Processes in the Human Environment
Author: Lawrence Halprin
Publisher: George Braziller, Inc., New York, 1969
RSVP cycles is a system of creative methodology for collaboration. It was developed by Lawrence Halprin and this book published in 1969 presents this ground-breaking system in detail.
The name is an initialism referring to its four components:
Within each stage there is a micro-cycle, which includes all the other elements (e.g. scoring the resources, resourcing the performance, performing the score etc.). There is no set order in which stages should be completed, and one can jump from any element to any other element as long as there is consensus.
According to Halprin, "By chance, when I finally put the headings together, they spelled RSVP, which is a communications idea meaning "respond".
Paperback. 207 pages. 9" x 8.7" x 1".
Condition: Good (G). Book cover and top of page leafs contain slight yellowing/discoloring and staining.View full product details
The creative vision that brought modern design to the U.S.
When Ben Thompson opened Design Research in Boston in 1953, his innovative store became synonymous with modern interior design, lighting a public spark that still burns today, though the store itself is no longer. When the mass-produced furniture of impersonal department stores reigned supreme, this boutique retailer dared to provide a learned yet unpretentious environment for sleek design. Today, Design Research's legacy can be seen in the showrooms of Crate & Barrel and Design Within Reach. Through interviews, anecdotes and lush photographs, Design Research documents the array of household objects and furniture introduced to the American home through the legendary store that made good design available to all.
Jane Thompson is an urbanist--designer and planner-who has spent her thirty-year career creating successful and well-loved places that contribute to the vitality and identity of cities worldwide, such as Dublin, Cardiff, Amsterdam, and Tokyo. Since 1994, she has been principal of Thompson Design Group in Boston, whose projects include Navy Pier in Chicago, the Grand Central District and Times Square Center in New York, the North Coast Harbor plan in Cleveland, and the Redevelopment Master Plan for Houston's Buffalo Bayou. Jane graduated from Vassar College and pursued graduate studies at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts. She then worked for the Museum of Modern Art and became acting assistant curator in the Department of Architecture. This was followed by positions as architecture editor of Interiors magazine and founding editor of Industrial Design (now I.D.). In the late 1960s Jane became co-owner of Design Research, Inc., founded by her late husband, architect Benjamin Thompson. With Thompson, she conceived and designed Boston's Faneuil Hall Marketplace and numerous waterfront restorations in the United States and abroad. She has been a board member of the International Design Conference in Aspen, the Institute for Urban Design, and the Waterfront Center in Washington, D.C. Jane chairs the Gropius House Advisory Committee in Lincoln, Massachusetts. She has received numerous awards for her work, including a lifetime achievement award from the Industrial Design Society of America and Institute Honors from the AIA. In 2000, Jane and Ben Thompson were each named Knight First Class, Order of the Lion of Finland.
Alexandra Lange is a critic, journalist and architectural historian based in Brooklyn, and her work has appeared in The Architect's Newspaper, Icon, Metropolis, New York Magazine and The New York Times. She teaches architecture criticism in the D-Crit Program at SVA and the Urban Design & Architecture Studies Program at NYU.
Author: Jane Thompson and Alexandra Lange
Size: 192 pagesView full product details
Placewares Out-of-Print Collection
Title: Architect: The Life & Work of Charles W. Moore
Author: David Littlejohn
Publisher: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, New York, 1984.
Call him Post-Modernist, supermannerist, populist, historicist, stage designer--or, as he calls himself, "inclusionist" - architect Charles Moore is effectively showcased as an eclectic genius-curiosity, at least, in this celebratory collage. Littlejohn, a novelist (The Man Who Killed Mick Jagger, Going to California) and Berkeley journalism professor, shares with Moore an aversion to "the modernist ideal"and an allegiance to "humanism". His enthusiasm for Moore's rule-breaking (random cut-out windows, vertical light-shafts, "gravity-defying staircases"), fantasizing and historical/ethnic borrowings, all fits into this ideological framework as Littlejohn thoroughly captures the life and work of Charles Moore.
Hardcover. 356 pages. 7"x 9.5". Illustrated.
Condition: Good (G). Slight wear at top & bottom of book sleeve jackets.View full product details
First edition of the Exhibition Catalogue for: Lawrence Halprin: Changing Places exhibition - held 1986 at the San Francisco Museum of Art.
Exhibition Catalogue Foreword:
Title: Lawrence Halprin: changing places : [exhibition] San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 3 July - 24 August 1986
Author: Lawrence Halprin
Editors: Lawrence Halprin, Jim Burns, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Illustrated by: Lawrence Halrpin
Publisher: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 1986
Length: 152 Pages
Condition: Used - Very Good. Soft Cover. Spine uncreased. Small bumps to cover corners. Binding tight - never been read. Pages clean, bright, unmarked.View full product details
After witnessing public attempts at thwarting redevelopment projects dictated by government and big business, Lawrence Halprin & Associates formulated the Take Part Process in 1970 to stimulate citizen participation in environmental design.
Though Halprin sought federal support to institutionalize “Taking Part,” its development emerged from 1960s anti-establishment culture and was significantly impacted by the work of his wife, Anna Halprin, in avant-garde dance and choreography.
This particular text, TAKE PART, published in limited quantities in 1972, is described as "a report on new ways in which people can participate in planning their own environments."
This book is an original first-edition publication by Lawrence Halprin & Associates, San Francisco/New York, 1972.
Condition: Used - Very Good. Light shelf wear. Signature on first page. Binding is good. Pages neat and clean.View full product details
How Lawrence Halprin’s choreographic design method mitigated the alienating effects of urban renewal and enriched contemporary urban design.
City Choreographer interprets and explains the participatory design process that was central to the work of landscape architect Lawrence Halprin. Situating Halprin within the larger social, artistic, and environmental ferment of the 1960s and 1970s, it demonstrates his profound impact on the shape of landscape architecture and his work’s widening reach into urban and regional development and contemporary sustainability concerns.
"This is an important study of one of the most significant figures in 20th century landscape architecture and urban design. Alison Bick Hirsch has written the first significant critical assessment of several of Lawrence Halprin’s most iconic works and the historically important and controversial Take Part workshops. With access to his collected papers and both Halprin prior to his death and his wife, the equally important and innovative modern dancer and choreographer, Anna, Hirsch focuses critical attention upon their collaboration and development on urban ‘scores’ in the tumultuous era of the 1960s and 70s, as well as their dramatic differences."
Laurie D. Olin, partner, The OLIN Studio
The Barn Book tells a story about the Sea Ranch community coming together and triumphing in saving and restoring the historic White Barn.
Paperback: 66 pages
Publisher: The Sea Ranch Foundation (1999)
Condition: Good. Bend in cover, light marks on outside of book. Pages clean and bright.View full product details