California Design: The Legacy of West Coast Craft and Style

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Chronicle Books, 2005 - Design - 228 pages
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The furniture, jewelry, recreational objects, ceramics, fabric arts, and other designs that emerged from the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s California would come to identify its outdoorsy, eccentric, sometimes entirely funky persona. And the best of these were exhibited, sometimes idolized, through a series of popular shows at the Pasadena Art Museum. California Design is a detailed retrospective of these exhibitions and the West Coast style they epitomized, replete with hundreds of innovative photographs showcasing the works in all their original glory. Signature works from Charles & Ray Eames, Tropi-Cal, Don Chadwick (co-creator of the Aeron chair), and many other designers and studios illustrate twenty years of style that was as diverse as it was pioneering.

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not only am I in the book but must add a bit of information. My mother VIRGINIA STEWART did the first of these shows 1954 at the Pasadena Museum. I was there I know how it started.


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Jo Lauria is an independent curator of decorative arts and the author of several books. She lives in Los Angeles.

Suzanne Baizerman is Curator of Crafts and Decorative Arts at the Oakland Museum of California. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Toni Greenbaum is an art historian specializing in jewelry and metalwork. She has written extensively on the subject for numerous publications, including ARTnews, Studies in the Decorative Arts, Wallpaper*, and Metalsmith. She curated and wrote the jew

Eudorah M. Moore was the director of the California Design exhibition series from 1962 to 1976.

Donald Albrecht is Independent Curator and Exhibitions Curator at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York.

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