Collection by William Harrison

Instagram Account We Love: Midcentury Classics from Southern California


A design collector and dealer based in San Diego, Steve Aldana of Esoteric Survey spotlights modernist objects and architecture from postwar California. His feed is a visual delight for midcentury devotees, with gems such as Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann Desert House in Palm Springs, original Eames wire chairs, and even a vintage BMW or two.

One of Aldana's Eames wire chairs.
An Alexander Calder sculpture at the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum.
A pair of chairs designed by architect Cliff May.
A room designed by installation artist Robert Irwin.
A vintage midcentury chair from Harold Cohen and Davis Pratt.
The Frey II House in Palm Springs, designed by architect Albert Frey.