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    Photo from Architectural Forum August 1952. New York City. Architect, Victor Gruen. Graphics consultant Alvin Lustig. Photo by Robert Damora.
    Willy Wonka has got nothing on this place!

    í r i s, postpanglossian, and 298 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. sandiv999 45 months ago | reply

      Happy to report I just came across a 2005 auction listing for one of the Gruen lights, sold for 48K! Christie's

    2. Scott Lindberg 45 months ago | reply

      Incredible! Great find sandiv999!

    3. sandiv999 45 months ago | reply

      I was quite happy to see a bit of the wonderland had survived.

    4. bustbright 45 months ago | reply

      It's funny this was a NYC shop, everything about it is mid-century LA (obviously due to its two design leads)

    5. karen horton 45 months ago | reply

      this pic is still probably my favorite image I've discovered through flickr all year. would be nice to have the kind of money to bid on lighting fixtures at the Christie's auction! but I was able to afford a little Barton's tin on ebay after being inspired by this.

    6. bustbright 45 months ago | reply

      If you like images of storefronts as wild as these, I'd recommend trying to track down a lecture Alan Porter gave to a group of designers in Chicago about designing in LA in the 50s and 60s a few years back. I think there's a DVD available, but he shows some wonderful color images of many storefronts I've only ever seen in black and white.

    7. sandiv999 45 months ago | reply

      Thanks bustbright! I'll be in LA in November and I'm busy putting together a list/map of buildings I'll need to see.

    8. barton'scollector 43 months ago | reply

      I've been collecting Barton's Bonnbonierre items for years. I have several package favorite is a bright red plastic chocolate cigarette case. If anyone wants pictures for any design issue, just let me know! Some of the things I have I've only seen one of, and I grab them... so many fond memories from my childhood...

    9. sugarjetgirl 43 months ago | reply

      Mod chocolate shop!

    10. gonkedglookedslurped 39 months ago | reply

      We just found a vintage tin from Barton's recently. Love it!!!

    11. sandiv999 39 months ago | reply

      Holy cow! You guys are the treasure finders supreme.

    12. gonkedglookedslurped 39 months ago | reply

      Thanks! We were super excited to find it! We're big fans of Alvin Lustig, so hopefully he designed this piece.

    13. sandiv999 39 months ago | reply

      Update - the Brooklyn Museum is home to one of the Gruen-designed light fixtures.

    14. í r i s 39 months ago | reply

      How cool! Do you know if it's on display?

      I wish I could favorite this again. I am still hoping to find one of these fabulous light fixtures at an estate sale someday. A girl can dream, right?

    15. sandiv999 39 months ago | reply

      It appears that it is on display with a bunch of early mid-century furniture, per the link. Am such a museum nerd that I really want to make the trip out to NY this summer.

    16. julielion 38 months ago | reply

      omg! I have a metal barton's bonbonniere box, which I picked up @ a thrift store because I thought it was so pretty:
      I had NO IDEA the actual Barton's store was so amazing!

    17. tobyradloff 31 months ago | reply

      That is an awesome candy store...seems futuristic for the early 1950's. Walk in there...suddenly it's 2011. Barton's, which is a "luxury" brand of chocolates/candies (probably in the same league as Godiva), does have a rich flavor for their candies...I love rich chocolate. Makes me want to steal Marty McFly's DeLorean and go back to 1952 to visit this Barton's store.

    18. sandiv999 24 months ago | reply

      Hey kids! I got to see one of the light fixtures in real life, yay! If you can get to the California Design exhibit at LACMA by June 2, you can see it, too.

    19. EVERYTHINGISSOMEWHEREINTIME 7 months ago | reply

      My childhood...THANK YOU!!! <3

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