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Books and materials relating to the applied arts after WWI; their use in architecture & interior design; the design of handworked and manufactured objects including: ceramics, metalwork, wood, jewelry, textiles, glass, furniture, graphics, clocks & watches, toys, leather, etc.

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David Gebhard (text, curator); Harriette Von Breton (curator), Kem Weber: The Moderne in Southern California 1920 Through 1941, Santa Barbara, CA, The Art Galleries, University of California, 1969/1976, 2nd edition limited to 750 copies, 8" x 8", square 8vo, softcover, perfect bound, photographic portrait of the designer and titles printed in red/orange and black on silver-foil card-stock. Mild surface wear and rubbing to vulnerable foil (as usual); interior clean, bright and unmarked, Very Good+.

Catalogue for exhibition of the same title, University of California, Santa Barbara, February 11 - March 23, 1969. 108 pp., 113 b/w photographs and diagrams (pps. 51-108.) In his 27 page essay, David Gebhard, an educator, preservationist and expert on California architectural history, explores the numerous European and American currents that influenced Kem Weber's long career and the designer's context within the "Streamline Moderne" movement. Footnotes, biographic notes, bibliographic notes, and quotes from Weber.

Kem Weber (b. Karl Emanuel Martin Weber,1889-1963) was a German-trained furniture maker who emigrated to Santa Barbara, California in 1915. After WWI he relocated to Los Angeles and by 1924 had become an American citizen. He successfully established himself while working as the Art Director for Barker Brothers, a large upscale furniture manufacturer and retailer, designing their furniture, store interiors and packaging. In 1927, though he continued his relationship with Barker Brothers, he formed his own studio in Hollywood as an "industrial designer" (a very new term occupational term at the time) and went on to freelance design a host of products for many other companies including Lloyd Manufacturing Co. Widdicomb, Grand Rapids Furniture Co., Mueller Furniture, Royal Metal Mfg Co., Berkey & Gay Furniture Co., Friedman Silver, Lawson Time, Inc. and Disney's Burbank animation studio. One of his best known designs, the Airline chair (1934-1935) was designed to be shipped in a cardboard "suitcase" in four parts and then reassembled by the customer. The concept, far too ahead of its time, was not commercially successful and only a few hundred were ever produced. Over the next three decades, Weber's broad ranging accomplishments in architecture, interiors, furniture, industrial design, the decorative arts and even as a teacher at the influential Pasadena Art Center, were central to establishing the uniquely Californian vocabulary of American Modernism.

Uncommonly well-preserved copy of an increasingly scarce title.

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