signed Jack Rodgers Hopkins SA 1/5 12/71
carved and laminated walnut
Sterling Associates, Palo Alto, CA
Private Collection, CA
Sotheby’s New York, March 13, 1998, lot 106
Edward S. Cooke, Jr., Gerald W.R. Ward, and Kelly H. L’Ecuyer, The Maker’s Hand: American Studio Furniture 1940-1990, Boston, 2003, p. 47
“Sterling Associates (Handcrafted Furniture),” Interior Design, May 1972, p. 60 (for a chair now in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)
Dona Z. Meilach, Creating Modern Furniture: Trends, Techniques, Appreciation, New York, 1975, front cover (for a similar model)
Jack Rodgers Hopkins has been called the southern California counterpart to Wendell Castle because of his adventurous woodworking techniques and use of stack lamination. While Hopkins and other California craftsmen of the time brought a Golden State sensibility to modernism that humanized it and made it more comfortable, his pieces were also known for their high artistic and otherworldly qualities. Two of his most exuberant works were included in California Design Eleven (1971) at the Pacific Art Center in Pasedena. This "Edition" Chair exemplifies the swooping, aerodynamic feeling of much of Hopkins’s work, which is futuristic in style but at its heart still emphasizes the wood.
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