In the annals of Los Angeles mid-century modernism, Paul Tuttle may not loom nearly as large as Charles Eames and Pierre Koenig, but he should. He created spare but elegant interiors and custom furnishings such as those shown in the 1952 floating glass-box home in Pasadena (2nd photo). (The house was designed by Tuttle’s employer, architect Thornton Ladd.) - David A. Keeps of the Los Angeles Times
Denied entrance to Art Center School in Los Angeles, Tuttle “audited “ a class out of sight of the instructor, Alvin Lustig, a highly respected designer. Tuttle created a model and presented it to the class as if he were enrolled. When Lustig realized he was not, he summarily dismissed him—but he didn’t forget him.
Impressed with Tuttle’s ability, Lustig contacted him within weeks, offering a job in his office. While he was not there long, Tuttle’s lasting friendship with the “pioneer of modern design” was the first of several opportunities that would propel him into the design field.- Jane Ellison of Seasons Magazine
Due for a revisit–a veritable golden ticket of a place, more than just bricks and mortar. I first shared this image, discovered in a 1952 Architectural Forum, early last year and it’s been a superstar ever since.
The technicolor glory of this Barton’s has been consigned to history and memory. There are just a slender few of the brilliant light fixtures still in existence–one is currently on display at the Brooklyn Museum.