Daily Archives: 12/11/2013

California Design pamphlet

A visit into the city for a morning appointment turned into a good excuse for an impromptu visit to the Queensland Art Gallery to see the California Design 1930-1965 exhibit.  Fresh from its appearance in Auckland, this touring exhibition was conceived at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and displayed there in the latter half of 2011.

It’s a beautifully staged display. There is furniture and fashion, ceramics and jewellery, art work for album covers, book sleeves, magazines and catalogues, not to forget house plans, household objects and children’s toys.  A shiny aluminium Airstream Clipper graces the area outside the exhibition entry.

Armed only with my iPhone (another Californian design), I captured a few images, grateful for the fact that many of the best galleries around the world have abandoned any no photography policies they had in the past.

California Design is at QAG until 9 February 2014.


Greta Magnusson Grossman
Ralph O Smith Manufacturing Company
Lamp c 1949
Floor lamp c 1952

Pin - silver, pebbles

Margaret De Patta
Pin – silver, pebbles c 1955

Stacking storage dishes

Louis Ipsen
J A Bauer Pottery Company
Stacking storage dishes c 1932

Ice bucket

Jade Snow Wong
Ice Bucket 1952

LP covers


exhibit setting 2

exhibit setting 3

exhibition settings


Louella Ballerino
Playsuit and skirt in Drumbeat pattern 1947

swoon suit

Margit Fellegi
Swoon suit – woman’s swimsuit 1942
made from parachute material

Airstream Clipper detail

Airstream Clipper detail

Golden State poster


Eames Storage Unit c 1949


Boom! or Golden Age! 1950
Sewell Smith

Popular Mechanics

Barbie and Ken

Guess who.

cardboard doll's house