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California Design, 1930--1965: "Living in a Modern Way" (MIT Press) Hardcover – September 16, 2011
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This book beautifully documents how climate, immigration, and industry influenced 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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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: ...Read more ›
It is supposedly listed in this book, can anyone who owns it let me know if it is? Thanks!
I asked her to make it for me a few years ago, and she agreed once I got permission because it fascinated her... and I absolutely love it. It's in three pieces, the bracket, with inset stabilizer for level installation, and a locking mechanism in front. I doubt we'll ever see another.
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IEverybody who's interested in West Coast design must buy this book.Published 20 months ago by Marc