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September 28, 2011

LACMA's California Design Exhibition

By Rachel Wolff | Design

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Carlos Diniz's Monarch Bay Homes, Laguna Niguel (outdoor dining terrace), 1961. Photo © Carlos Diniz Archive Photo © 2011 Museum Associates/LACMA

A Don Draper type lounging poolside; boxy, streamlined homes dotted among the Hollywood Hills; sleek, minimalist decor. Los Angeles in the 1950s conjures strong imagery when it comes to the revolutionary aesthetics of that time. But post-World War II, SoCal fashion, architecture and design had more to do with embracing a certain ethos than it did with expressing a particular style—or so asserts "California Design, 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way," on view at the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art starting October 1. The exhibition—one of dozens opening over the next few months in conjunction with Pacific Standard Time, a Getty Museum-initiated citywide celebration of L.A. art and design—includes furniture, ceramics, jewelry and architectural drawings by such renowned midcentury designers as Richard Neutra, Greta Magnusson Grossman, Rudolph Schindler and Charles and Ray Eames. Be sure to browse the LACMA gift shop on your way out for related items and works by the artists themselves. Our favorite: the iconic Eames dining room chair, available for $860. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles; 323-857-6000; lacma.org.

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