Collection by Aaron Britt

LACMA: California Design


As you might imagine, we inveterate modernists up here at Dwell are very, very excited for what will be one of the fall's best forays into modern design. On October 1, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is launching California Design 1930-1965: "Living in a Modern Way" which takes a good long look at how Californian design in the middle of the 20th century helped shape American material culture. I'm so thrilled to be talking with two of the shows curators Bobbye Tigerman and Wendy Kaplan at Dwell on Design on Friday June 24th to learn more about their research. But here's a sneak preview of 13 of the over 300 objects that will make up the show. Click on!

This earthenware bowl is by the Austrian-born team of Gertrude and Otto Natzler. It's from 1943.
Dan Johnson's 1947 desk is a perfect example of how American modernism often split the difference between clean forms...
Mary Anne DeWeese designed this pair of bathing suits (a bikini for her, trunks and a t-shirt for him) for the Catalina...
Kem Weber's 1939 desk and chair were shown at the Golden Gate International Exhibition in San Francisco in 1939.
This iron and aluminum lamp by Greta Magnusson Grossman was manufactured in Burbank in the early 1950s by the Ralph O....
This album cover gets both the beachy vibe that California came to represent as well as the clan typographic treatment...
One of the great undersung disseminators of modernism was draftsman, illustrator, and renderer Carlos Diniz.
Byron Wilson's silver, ebony, and ivory necklace from 1956 shows how modern design worked its way into jewelery as well.
Arline Fisch's 1962 peacock necklace is a lovely bit of mid-century design.
Margaret De Patta's highly abstract brooch in silver and quartz hails from the late 40s or 50s.
This textile design in rayon and cotton by Hungarian Paul Laszlo comes from his European Group collection from 1954 or...
Bold dots and a matching jacket make this swimsuit by Margit Fellegi from about 1950 a poolside stunner.

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