Thursday, July 06, 2006

john not emily

john dickinson has finally caught our attention. again. perhaps the original l'enfante terrible of interior design of the 70's, dickinson could easily be depicted as a pop icon ala wharhol. born in berkeley and trained at parsons school of design in new york, dickinson returned to san francisco to establish his design practice in 1956. he lived on washington street in sf in what used to be a firehouse (see photo above) and cruised the streets of san francisco in his cane-cladded jaguar.

alongside maria pergay, gabriela crespi, and paul evans, to name a few, furnishings from the seventies have become sought after works of 'art' these days. is this a sign that mid-century modern is out of vogue? is it really time to thank your noguchi tables, saarinen tulips, eames what-nots, and say hello to the 70s? i can almost imagine john's grin of approval.

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