There’s an in-depth post on the Eye magazine blog about California Design, Living in a Modern Way, the exhibition of mid-century design from the sunshine state which is currently running at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
From the exhibition blurb:
The exhibition, the first major study of modern California design, examines the state’s role in shaping the material culture of the entire US with more than 350 objects, comprising furniture, ceramics, metalwork, graphic and industrial design, film, textiles, and fashion. The exhibition begins by tracing the origins of a distinctive California modernism in the 1930s, including work by Richard Neutra, Rudolph Schindler and their contemporaries. It then explores the design innovations made possible by the conversion of WWII technologies to peace-time use, exemplified by the plywood and fibreglass furniture pioneered by Charles & Ray Eames. The heart of the exhibition focuses on the modern California home, famously characterised by open plans and indoor/outdoor living and furnished with products from companies such as Heath Ceramics, Van Keppel-Green and Architectural Pottery. The show concludes by exploring how ‘The California Look’ was disseminated by exhibitions, magazines, shops and films throughout America and the world.
You can see images of the show and its exhibits on Eye’s Flickr set
California Design, 1930-65: Living in a Modern Way
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(image: California Lobster swimwear by Mary Ann DeWeese for Catalina Sportswear, 1949 via LACMA)