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Restaurant design exhibition incl. Schindler, J.R. Davidson

Postby nichols » Tue Sep 08, 2009 9:55 am

LOS ANGELES TIMES

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Designing for restaurant dining
'Sardi's to Orange Julius®' at UC Santa Barbara's University Art Museum surveys restaurants that defined lifestyle changes in L.A.

By Liesl Bradner
September 6, 2009


Historically, L.A. restaurants have shared the same fate as their famous celebrity patrons in that they are the hot spots du jour then fade away, not to be heard from again. But a handful of eateries from bygone eras have made a lasting impact on the Southern California landscape that reflects a progressive evolution in the region's architecture. The University Art Museum at UC Santa Barbara has dug into its extensive collection to chronicle a select few restaurants that defined the lifestyle changes in L.A. in the early and mid 20th century with its exhibition "Sardi's to Orange Julius ®." On view are 50 images representing eight projects from concept to completion, including presentation sketches, model photos and memorabilia such as menu design and upholstery samples. The show features the designs of five architects: J.R. Davidson, Maynard Lyndon, Kem Weber, Edward A. Killingsworth and Rudolph M. Schindler...

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Postby nichols » Tue Sep 08, 2009 9:56 am

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Sardi’s to Orange Julius®: Los Angeles Restaurants from the Architecture & Design Collection
July 8 - Sept 27, 2009
From distinctive ambiance to franchise familiarity, this exhibition tracks changes in restaurant architecture through eight specific projects. Drawn entirely from the University Art Museum's Architecture & Design Collection, the unique drawings, vintage photographs, and ephemera chronicle selected Los Angeles eateries. Featuring designs by J.R. Davidson, R.M. Schindler, and Kem Weber, the majority of the exhibition focuses on the 1930s, an architecturally expansive decade for the city. Despite the national economic crisis, Los Angeles sustained physical and creative growth through its burgeoning energy and aircraft industries, as well as its continued film production.

The city's optimistic environment spawned the carefully designed interiors of The Nickabob, HiHat, and Sardi's restaurants, among others. The interiors of these establishments distinguished themselves through surface detail: sanded glass, exotic veneers, polished chrome, and gold leaf. Yet the facades were street-oriented structures with eye-catching signage that appealed in scale and impact to the fast-moving horizontality of the car-based town. The later works in the show, from the post-war period, include projects by Maynard Lyndon and Edward A. Killingsworth. As eating patterns changed, so too did architectural strategies. While these structures also rely on street visibility, the franchise designs for Yummer's and Orange Julius® were expected to be not only recognizable but also replicable. With these proposals came the promise of familiarity with the structure and the dining experience.
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