Ageless elegance

Eva Zeisel
Eva Zeisel is the mother of all modern potters.
(Talisman Brolin)
Special to The Times

At 98, Eva Zeisel is the mother of all modern potters, with designs ranging from Bauhaus geometrics to World War II biomorphic tableware to late ‘50s ceramic room dividers. The work has long been collectible: A full set of her 1945 Museum dinnerware is expected to top $1,500 this month at Los Angeles Modern Auctions. But now Zeisel, pictured below, isn’t just back in vogue. She’s back in production. Her latest design for the New York porcelain firm KleinReid is the limited edition mouth-blown crystal centerpiece ($1,160), above, composed of nesting vases. “Eva Zeisel took industrial design and made it more human and sensual. She trusts that a good curve is enough,” KleinReid’s David Reid says of the deceptively simple design, also available in porcelain ($730) at . For the rest of the table, Crate & Barrel has reissued Zeisel’s elegantly minimal 1952 Century Classic pattern, with a five-piece place setting for $62.95 and serving pieces from $28.95


Architectural icons by the cubic inch

A Schindler house need no longer be out of reach for modernists of modest means. At “California Cubed,” an exhibition at Metro Gallery in Pasadena, architecture fans can acquire David Jonason’s “quasi-Cubist” 40-inch-by-16-inch oil-on-board rendering of the famed 1922 Schindler House on Kings Road in West Hollywood, shown above, $2,100, or a 20-by-16 oil-on-canvas of William Kesling’s 1936 Vanderpool residence in Silver Lake, $1,000. Born in Pacific Palisades, Jonason, 54, recalls trips to the “funky old Art Deco Sears” in Santa Monica as the backdrop of his childhood. Though he now lives in “Cape Cod-y” Mendocino, L.A. remains Jonason’s muse. “It is such a great repository of modern architecture,” says the artist ( Metro Gallery, 64 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena; (626) 440-1827.


Attention, all cut-glass shoppers

Is it granny or is it goth? Who cares? Kmart’s Essential Home line has the high-end look of old-fashioned cut glass at the low-down price of plastic. These shatter-resistant indoor-outdoor goblets and compotes in basic black and milk-glass white, $1.99 to $2.49, resemble Philippe Starck’s recent collection, “Un Parfait,” for the legendary crystal manufacturer Baccarat. That retails for a whopping $1,950 for a set of six.


This little quilter goes to market

Known for her Modernist take on minimalist Amish designs, not to mention her out-there pattern names — Drunk Love in a Log Cabin? — quilting queen Denyse Schmidt ( is a master of color and shape. The ex-graphic artist’s couture coverlets in a mix of midcentury orange, chartreuse and cerise are hand-sewn by Amish quilters and fetch between $3,000 and $5,000 at luxury retailers such as Takashimaya. Schmidt has created a collection of machine-made quilts selling for $375 or less, including Chain Link, an exclusive pattern for Crate & Barrel, and Fringe Benefits, shown here, landing at Bloomingdales this summer.

Additional reporting by Times staff writer Lisa Boone; styling by Adamo DiGregorio