The furniture, jewelry, recreational objects, ceramics, fabric arts, and other designs that emerged from the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s California would come to identify its outdoorsy, eccentric, sometimes entirely funky persona. And the best of these were exhibited, sometimes idolized, through a series of popular shows at the Pasadena Art Museum. California Design is a detailed retrospective of these exhibitions and the West Coast style they epitomized, replete with hundreds of innovative photographs showcasing the works in all their original glory. Signature works from Charles & Ray Eames, Tropi-Cal, Don Chadwick (co-creator of the Aeron chair), and many other designers and studios illustrate twenty years of style that was as diverse as it was pioneering.
Jo Lauria is an independent curator of decorative arts and the author of several books. She lives in Los Angeles.
Suzanne Baizerman is Curator of Crafts and Decorative Arts at the Oakland Museum of California. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Donald Albrecht is Independent Curator and Exhibitions Curator at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York.
Eudorah M. Moore was the director of the California Design exhibition series from 1962 to 1976.
Toni Greenbaum is an art historian specializing in jewelry and metalwork. She has written extensively on the subject for numerous publications, including ARTnews, Studies in the Decorative Arts, Wallpaper*, and Metalsmith. She curated and wrote the jewelry and metalwork portions of Design 1935-1965: What Modern Was (1991), for the Montreal Museum of Decoration
6-1/2 x 8-3/4 in; 228 pp ; 300 color and b/w photographs
Published in September, 2005