Kem Weber; The Moderne in Southern California 1920 through 1941
Santa Barbara: University of California Santa Barbara Art Galleries, 1969. First edition [1 of 600 copies]. Paperbound (printed foil). 108p, 113 photos and line ills. One of 600 copies; designed by David Gebhard. (Two later editions were issued.) Covers scuffed, spine faded; internally very good. The photo is too pale. . Very good. Item #30018
The first edition of this pioneering exhibition catalogue on southern California modern architecture, focusing on the career of the prolific architect and industrial designer Kem Weber (1889-1963). The first modern study on him. He is best known for his tubular furniture and his residential and commercial work in southern California and the San Francisco Bay Area, but his buildings are scattered around the U.S. He designed sets for Paramount Pictures and in 1939-40 he designed the site plan, all buildings and furnishings for the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank. After the war "he abandoned the Streamlined Moderne for a personal version of the woodsy Bay Area mode." Long text, chronology of works and exhibitions, lists of writings by and about him.