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California Design, 1930-1965

Sale price £42.95 Regular price £44.95

'The book’s unfettered design and close coupling of image to text contribute to the overall quality of the book, whether closely read or informally browsed' - Publishers Weekly

California Design, 1930-1965 at LACMA gallery view

This generously illustrated and well-designed book, which accompanies a major exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, provides a thorough overview of California's mid-century modern design. It documents how factors such as climate, immigration influenced California modernism.

The book begins by tracing the origins of a distinctively California modernism in the 1930s through émigrés such as Rudolph Schindler and Richard Neutra, influences from Asia and Mexico, and the role of innovative design schools. It then explores the design breakthroughs made possible by the conversion of World War II technologies to peace-time use, exemplified by the plywood and fibreglass furniture developed by Charles and Ray Eames.  The book also focuses on the modern California home and how 'The California Look' was disseminated by exhibitions, magazines, and stores throughout America and the world.

With ten interrelated essays written by leading design historians and 350 striking photographs and rare archival images, this provides an authoritative, in-depth and handsome survey of California design.

  • Author: Wendy Kaplan, Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Date published: September 2011
  • Language: English
  • Delivery: Allow 2-3 weeks for delivery
  • ISBN: 978-0262016070
  • Product Dimensions: 30.5 x 24.1 x 3.6 cm

'this is an uncommonly rich and layered show. It is also one, refreshingly, that doesn’t pretend that design history ends with the objects on view' -  LA Times

'The book’s unfettered design and close coupling of image to text contribute to the overall quality of the book, whether closely read or informally browsed' - Publishers Weekly

'[F]ascinating stuff, rich with detail and new discoveries' - NZ House and Garden

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California Design, 1930-1965