A Handbook of California Design, 1930-1965

Posted July 5, 2017

This museum publication offers more than 140 illustrated biographical profiles of the most significant mid-century California designers.

Edited by accomplished Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Associate Curator, Bobbye Tigerman, this book reveals the complex web of influences, collaborations, institutional affiliations, and social networks that fueled the California design economy. It’s a companion piece to the popular 2011 MIT Press/LACMA publication California Design, 1930-1965: “Living in a Modern Way.

A Handbook of California Design offers more than 140 illustrated biographical profiles of the most significant mid-century California designers, including such famous names as Saul Bass and Charles and Ray Eames as well as many lesser-known but influential practitioners.

These designers, craftspeople, and manufacturers worked in the full range of design media, creating furniture, fashion, textiles, jewelry, ceramics, and graphic and industrial design. Each entry includes a succinct biography, a portrait of the designer or image of an important design, cross-references to other entries, and a list of sources for further research. Significant examples of California design and craft objects are featured in more than 180 illustrations and rare photographs.

MIT Press | 320 pages | ISBN-10: 0262518384 | ISBN-13: 978-0262518383 | Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.1 x 8.8 inches