Modern Bear Bling ~ Men’s Jewelry by Heidi Abrahamson

Heidi Abrahamson is the daughter of German immigrants who came to the United States at the height of the mid-twentieth century explosion of modern design. Her parents appreciation for architecture and design of the period was passed on to Heidi. While still in high school she found a particular fondness for modern silversmiths of the 20th century. She began collecting works of N.E. From, Georg Jensen, Andreas Mikkelson, Esther Lewittes, Ed Levin and others. The collected works of these silversmiths continue to be the inspiration for Heidi’s work today.

At Indiana University Heidi studied fine arts and interior design. Leaving Indiana for Seattle, she began a career in visual merchandising for I. Magnin, The Bon Marche’, Burberry’s of London and other local retailers. A desire to create on a more personal level lead Heidi back to her early love of jewelry.

Heidi began creating beaded jewelry, but soon grew dissatisfied with what she saw as limitations of the medium. Her design sensibilities demanded a medium with which she construct and sculpt jewelry as modern architecture for the body. In 2003 she began working in the medium she came to love as child, silver. Heidi is also working with 14k and 18kt gold. In the last few years, Heidi’s unique custom rings have become popular for gay weddings.

With just three basic courses completed in casting, smithing and stone setting, Heidi is primarily self taught. Her studio is open to the public and located in central Phoenix.

Heidi is also a good friend of Modern Bear – one of our dear “Goldilocks!” She creates our popular pewter Bear Tags featured in our Modern Bear Shop.

Sterling and Antique African Berber Phenolic Amber Ring. Hand fabricated by Heidi Abrahamson. $450.00 Model:  Jackson Galaxy Photo by:  Susan Weingartner
Sterling and Antique African Berber Phenolic Amber Ring.
Hand fabricated by Heidi Abrahamson.
$450.00
Model: Jackson Galaxy
Photo by: Susan Weingartner
Close up of ring modeled by Hip Bear in featured photo. Designed and fabricated by Heidi Abrahamson.  $450
Close up of ring modeled by Hip Bear in featured photo.
Designed and fabricated by Heidi Abrahamson. $450
Sterling Cast
Sterling Cast By Heidi Abrahamson. $365.00
Custom Made Sterling Cast & Fabricated Ring with Tiger's Eye Stone by Heidi Abrahamson.  $450
Custom Made Sterling Cast & Fabricated Ring with Tiger’s Eye Stone by Heidi Abrahamson. $450
Hand forged, each one custom made by Heidi Abrahamson.  $550.00
Hand forged, each one custom made by Heidi Abrahamson. $550.00
Sterling cast, hand hammered texture ring.  Each one custom made, not from a mold.  By Heidi Abrahamson.   $350.00
Sterling cast, hand hammered texture ring. Each one custom made, not from a mold. By Heidi Abrahamson.
$350.00
Sterling hammered and forged bracelet by Heidi Abrahamson.  $375.
Sterling hammered and forged bracelet by Heidi Abrahamson. $375.
Sterling "Woodgrain" cast ring custom made, not from a mold.  By Heidi Abrahamson.  $435.00
Sterling “Woodgrain” cast ring custom made, not from a mold. By Heidi Abrahamson. $435.00
Sterling cast rings, various shapes.  Each one custom made, not from a mold.  By Heidi Abrahamson.  $295.00 to $450.00
Sterling cast rings, various shapes. Each one custom made, not from a mold. By Heidi Abrahamson. $295.00 to $450.00
Hand Crafted in Pewter with leather cord by Heidi Abrahamson.  "Bear," "Cub," "Wolf," "Otter," "Grrr," and "Woof."  $49 each.
Hand Crafted in Pewter with leather cord by Heidi Abrahamson. “Bear,” “Cub,” “Wolf,” “Otter,” “Grrr,” and “Woof.” $49 each.

Mid Century Modern Porn: The Walker House

The Walker House, 1959

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The Walker House (1959) Ojai, CA | Private Residence of MCM designer & builder Rodney Walker (1910-1986) | Mayoral Photography
The Walker House (1959) Ojai, CA | Private Residence of MCM designer & builder Rodney Walker (1910-1986) | Mayoral Photography

A Modern Bear favorite! This dramatic 1959 MCM residence was designed and built by Rodney Walker for his own home.
Located on an extremely private property in the east end of Ojai, California, its stunning modern design includes 25 foot wooden ceilings, floor to ceiling glass, polished cement floors and an open floor plan. This 4,300 square foot four bedroom, three bathroom home sits on 3.4 acres, featuring lush Japanese gardens with water features, wrap-around redwood decks, pathways and bridges. Walker was a modern designer and builder who specialized in residential architecture in the Southern California area. He contributed three designs to Arts & Architecture magazine’s Case Study House program during the late 1940’s (Case Study House #16, #17, and #18). Many of his homes were photographed by Julius Shulman for Arts & Architecture magazine.