April 9, 2012

The Californian Way

[here we are "wayfinding," ie: it's too early--no makeup--must hide face behind map]
Junette and I went to LACMA for a lesson in California Design. To summarize I would say that the Californian aesthetic from the 30s-60s was high craft, experimental but still practical, and spawned from a sincere love of life.

Oh chairs how you make me want to sit right down. The exaggerated lines and sculptural shapes feel almost like armature. From the look of the worn leather and wood stains, these chairs have lived a prolific life. I'd love to hear their stories about where they've been and who they've met. On the left is Arthur Espenet Carpenter's Rib Chair, 1968 and on the right is John Kapel's walnut and leather chair, 1958.
Shirts I'd still wear today. The western rodeo shirts with colored piping and fun motifs are a derivative of menswear on women's fashion during the late 30s. I really like the graphic effect of the star shaped inset on the top of the right shirt which then echos in the direction of the pockets. "The details are not the details. They make the design." - Charles Eames 

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