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helen liu fong, 78; architect created futuristic designs ...

by:Afaithstone     2020-10-11
Helen Liu Fang, a commercial architect who helped create fashion idols in the budding futuristic coffee shop in Southern California at the age of 1950 and 60, died of cancer at the Glendora hospice in April 17She was 78.
Fong, a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, born in Chinatown, Los Angeles, is a key member of the construction company Armet & Davis
World War II optimistically designed a unique design for chain restaurants such as Bob\'s Big Boy Danny and specification.
As a leading practitioner of Google style, named after the eyes
Fong\'s West Hollywood cafe, designed by modernist architect John Lautner in 1949, helped to produce roofs, wiggle angles and attention --
Grab the neon sign of an era.
Her main contributions include Johnny\'s coffee shop on Wilshire Avenue and ferfax Avenue, Holiday Bowls on Crenshaw Avenue, Pann coffee shop near Westchester, and number one on figaroa Street
A small portion of the Pann, Johnie and Holiday Bowls are still standing.
Fong is most associated with the interior design of the restaurant, and she is filled with surprising comfort in the building designed to evoke a vision for the future.
\"She has a real feeling of creating a place for people,\" said historian Alan Hess . \" He is the author of Google: a coffee shop building in his fifties, \"becoming the 1986 book of the coffee shop\'s conservation movement Bible.
\"The size of the Interior, the arrangement of the counter and the sofa on the top of the head, the banquet and table, and the interior --
Outdoor planting. . .
Is to make these super-
Modern shops are very human and very popular.
\"Fong is known for its attention to color and detail, in terms of the shape of the lamps and furniture (
She likes Herman Miller\'s chair.
Tailoring of staff uniforms and glaze in China.
\"Everything has to be fully coordinated,\" Victor newloff, chief architect of the company now known as Armet Davis Newlove, said of her strict design approach.
She gave no details.
Colleagues often tell the last story of Fang --
Just before the restaurant opened in 1958, the back wall of the Pann restaurant was slightly changed.
The walls are covered with small white tiles, and the overall effect makes the designer feel flat.
\"She felt it needed more color,\" Newlove recalls . \".
\"So she personally went in with nail polish, painted red nail polish on some mosaic tiles and gave them more accents.
She just thinks something\'s missing. \"The nail-
The Polish highlights lasted for 30 years until the beginning of 1990 when the restaurant was renovated and restored.
Another feature of Pann is the outdoor tropical garden, an element that Fong has introduced in many restaurants.
You can see the garden from the large glass of the coffee shop, allowing customers to feel the integration of indoor and outdoor.
Large glass doors also help to connect to the street, which is very important in the booming car culture of \"50 s L. A.
She also commissioned artists such as Betsy Hancock and Hans Werner as many Armet & Davis-
Design restaurant.
The interior of the Holiday Bowl is decorated with white George Nelson lights and fiberglass Ames chairs packed in orange vinyl.
Outside, the 1958 bowling alley and the nearby coffee shop are a scene of the space age with a winding roof and stunning orange --and-white facade.
After the end of World War II, the center of the rapidly growing Japanese-American and black community in the Crenshaw district, which has a Japanese modern theme, extends to a community called Saki-Ba (for sake bar)
The ceiling was inspired by Japanese folk wood products.
Despite the protests of multi-cultural loyal customers, the bowling alley was closed in 2000 and demolished three years later.
However, its coffee shop has been declared a historical and cultural monument and will be included in the new development of the site.
\"We all know that commercial buildings will come and go according to commercial forces,\" Fong told Los Angeles magazine in 2000 . \".
\"Thinking is not our function in the long run.
If we can make the restaurant attractive and make you feel good when you are in the restaurant, then we finish our work.
\"Fong received a degree in urban planning from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1949, and returned to Los Angeles, where she was hired by architect Eugene joy.
She started with the secretary and learned about the business by typing contracts, processing payments and organizing catalogues of building materials.
When Choy laid off her job in 1951, she found another job in the office of Louis almitt and Elden Davis in the same building, all of whom were graduates of the University of Southern California, he opened a company in 1947 and has just begun designing coffee shops that are attractive enough to get customers out of the car.
They brought together a staff of cultural diversity. -
Described by colleagues as opinionated, disciplined and commanding-
Soon became a prominent figure in what Newlove called \"keeping the guiding influence of the company\'s development.
\"She is responsible for drafting interior designs to make sure people are paid.
I don\'t know how Amit and Davis survived without her.
Newlove recalls the first day of his internship in the office in early 1960.
He whistling at the draft table and suddenly felt a hand on his shoulder. It was Fong.
\"She said, \'We don\'t whistle when we work here.
\"I know it\'s not Snow White,\" Newlove said . \".
\"I knew it was the boss right away.
Fong retired at the end of 1970, but until today, Newlove says employees still insistwhistling rule.
The only background music allowed is classical music, because other music is not allowed by opera lovers.
Fang, who has never been married, survived a sister, Betty Wu;
Two brothers, Hayward and grapefruit toys;
There are also many nieces and nephews.
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