A Handbook of California Design / 1930-1965: Craftspeople, Designers, Manufacturers
This new publication by LACMA is a compendium of 140 profiles of California designers and manufacturers.
It serves as a companion piece to their PST exhibition catalog, California Design, 1930-1965: "Living in a Modern Way".
Edited by LACMA curator Bobbye Tigerman with contributions by Staci Steinberger, Jennifer Munro Miller and Lacy Simkowitz.
The handbook is set up with a short biography and photo for each entry.
Here is the one Doyle Lane.
Barney Reid's photo
The elusive Hawk House
A great photo of La Gardo Tackett
Olga Lee and Milo Baughman
This is one of my favorite images in the book.
Connections and Collaborations inforgraphic from the handbook.
This chart illustrates the common institutions, organizations and publications the designers in the handbook were associated with.
The most common linkage is the Pasadena Art Museum's California Design exhibitions. This really does attest
to the genius of those 1954 to 1976 California Design exhibitions. LACMA also included a number of designers who weren't in
California Design like Mitchell Bobrick and Barney Reid. I would have also liked to have seen entries on some of my perosnal favorites
like Modern Color Inc,, Dorothy Schindele, Eugene Weston, Inco, Muriel Coleman, Harry Lawenda and Pacific Iron.
I know every survey has a limit and I'm just being a nitpicker.
LACMA continues to do great work in documenting California Design.
This handbook is really something that anyone who even has a remote interest in the subject should get.
You can buy yours here.