Inside the Homes of Designers

Photographer who focuses on designers of the past to speak in Marin and Pasadena
     (photo: Adam Thorman)

Architect Alvar Aalto died decades ago, but it didn’t seem that way when Leslie Williamson visited his home, today a museum. “You walk in and you can feel the person there,” she says.

Williamson, a San Francisco photographer who photographs the spaces designed and inhabited by modern designers, will present her work 6 p.m. Friday, March 1 at the Lucas Valley Community Center, 1201 Idylberry Road, San Rafael. Free.

She will focus on her book Handcrafted Modern, and on a sequel that will cover designers from Europe. The event in the Eichler neighborhood will include Regina Conner, founder of the design blog Handful of Salt.

Williamson will speak again at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at Neighborhood Church, 301 North Orange Grove Boulevard, Pasadena. $15, $20.

Handcrafted Modern features designers Harry Bertoia, Russel Wright, Evelyn and Jerry Ackerman, and more.

She photographs the homes of “people whose work I really love. I try to focus on homes that have been built or designed by the designer, or changed a lot and made to fit their taste. I want to see how they live with their work.”

For more on Williamson’s Lucas Valley talk, click here. For Pasadena, click here.