Ackerman Modern has collaborated with Design Within Reach (DWR) to launch an exclusive collection of Jenev ceramics. Since 1998 Design Within Reach has been the leader in authentic modern design, making works from iconic designers accessible. The philosophy and mission of DWR ideally complements the authentic, iconic, modern designs of the Ackermans.
On November 1, 2017, Design Within Reach is releasing six of Jerry Ackerman’s timeless Jenev designs from 1953, meticulously producing them based on original molds and glaze combinations. The collection includes six vessels—a long bowl, small bowl, covered jar, bottle with stopper, tall vase, and short vase.
The Detroit natives moved to California in 1952 and set up Jenev Design Studio where Jerry spent the first year developing the shapes, molds, and glazes. The celebrated couple, like the Eames, strove to make beautiful objects that were accessible. “We worked really hard, but it was easy to because we were in love and we loved what we were doing,” Evelyn recalled. By the mid 1950s, the Ackermans expanded their designs as Era Industries with mosaics, tapestries, woodcarvings, and hardware, creating a body of work remarkable for its diversity of styles, techniques, and materials.
For more than 50 years, the Los Angeles-based artist/designers Jerry and Evelyn Ackerman played a central role in the distinctive aesthetic of California mid-century modernism.
Jenev ceramics are available from Design Within Reach online and in DWR Studios nationally.