A taste of mid-century California cool will be on display at the Auckland Art Gallery this winter.
California Design, 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way is the first major study of California mid-century modern design and the Californian way of life.
The exhibition features more than 250 objects including furniture, ceramics, metalwork, fashion and textiles, industrial and graphic design, photography and film.
First exhibited by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2011, California Design exa- mines the golden state’s role in shaping the material culture of the United States and further afield.
It is organised into four thematic areas to illustrate the 1951 quote from designer Greta Magnusson Grossman that California design is ‘‘not a superimposed style, but an answer to present conditions. It has developed out of our own preferences for living in a modern way’’.
The exhibition runs until September 29.