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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press (September 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262016079
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262016070
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 9.8 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book beautifully documents how climate, immigration, and industryinfluenced California's modern design aesthetic." -- Publishers Weekly



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

About the Author

Wendy Kaplan is Department Head and Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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Bobbye Tigerman is Associate Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Robin Benson on November 7, 2012
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This is the third book of an exhibition on Californian design and the second from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. They had a show in 2001 which looked at design from 1900 -2000, this latest title narrows it down to 1930 -1965. Orange County Museum of Art, in 2007, called their exhibition 'Birth of the Cool: design at mid-century'.

All three books are heavily illustrated and in the case of 'Birth of the Cool' and 'California Design' quite a lot of the text and images overlap though the MIT published one is a far better production (Cool was rather sloppily produced with missing captions, page numbers and a poor use of pictures).

The ten chapters in this book explore creativity in California, though that essentially means Los Angeles and San Francisco. Wendy Kaplan (the book's editor) sums it all up very succinctly in the Introduction: Living in a modern way. I enjoyed reading Nicholas Olsberg who makes home architecture come alive with his essay and Bill Stern suggests some good points regarding the spin-off from the wartime economy that was centered in California. Other essays look at furniture, ceramics, fabrics, fashion, jewelry and the personalities involved. The weakest essay I thought was from Jeremy Aynsley who looked at graphic design; it was more a name-check listing of graphic and publication designers rather than analysis.

'Living in a modern way' is a quite thorough overview of Golden State creativity and presented in a well-designed book. The exhibition checklist in the back pages lists 357 items and the book has 350 of them (with 250 in color) oddly there is no bibliography. The other two books I've mentioned:
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By STA on April 14, 2012
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I went to the the exhibit and found it to be fascinating. To keep those wonderful memories I had to purchase the book, which has beautiful images and is well written. My favorite chapter in the book is about JOSEPH EICHLER and his homes!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By eomalley9 on January 11, 2013
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Large indepth book. I was unable to make it to the exhibit in CA, but I'm glad I have this at least.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julie Luker on July 28, 2014
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A very well presented book full of useful information.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Duby Collins on December 11, 2012
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The exhibition at LACMA was great. This catalog is a great device to conjure up lucid images from the show.
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