ISSUE 16  |  The California Life

Required Reading: Living in a Modern Way

April 16, 2012 10:30 AM

BY Meredith Swinehart

New from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, a book that situates midcentury California style in its original context.

Published to accompany a major museum exhibition of the same name, Living in a Modern Way: California Design 1930-1965 is a comprehensive look at midcentury modernism in California. It examines art, architecture, furniture, and more to illuminate the influences that created the uniquely Californian school of design; the book also examines how the state influenced design in other parts of the world.

Above: Living in a Modern Way: California Design 1930-1965; $60 from Anthropologie.

Above: In this photo, Charles and Ray Eames at home in their modern bohemian setting. Part of the home is currently on display at LACMA.

Above: The book jacket's design is straight out of 1965.