California Design 1930–65: Living in a Modern Way

“California Design 1930-65: Living in a Modern Way opened last week in Brisbane, on tour from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Covering a time of social and political change, the show explores the advent of west-coast modernism through design and aesthetics…[with] more than 250 objects on show…”

Read my full review in The Guardian Australia.

Mary Ann DeWeese 1913–93 active Los Angeles Woman’s swimsuit 1961 Spandex, Lycra Gift of Mary Ann DeWeese, DeWeese Designs Collection: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) © 2011 The Warnaco Group, Inc. All rights reserved. For Authentic Fitness Corp., Cole of California. Photo © 2011 Museum Associates/LACMA.
Mary Ann DeWeese
1913–93 active Los Angeles
Woman’s swimsuit 1961
Spandex, Lycra
Gift of Mary Ann DeWeese, DeWeese Designs Collection: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
© 2011 The Warnaco Group, Inc. All rights reserved. For Authentic Fitness Corp., Cole of California. Photo
© 2011 Museum Associates/LACMA.
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‘The Chairs’: Try sitting on Louis, Carol or Henry…

On Tuesday I stumbled into an exhibition in Sydney with the title ‘The Chairs’. Yan Fletcher and Josh Murray (who met via facebook a few years ago) have collaborated to bring their respective talents of design and drawing to this show.

Beginning with a chair discarded by the road or purchased on ebay, Yan takes each chair and interprets it in its most simple form – in charcoal on paper. Josh then goes about the restoration process using materials that keep the original character but add some personality and a dose of quirkiness to each one-off piece. High gloss black paint, grey felt upholstery and pieces of natural leather are over-stitched to make ‘corsets’ for the chairs. It all started with Louis (a Louis XV salon chair) and now Bentley, Henry, Belle, Greaney and Carol have joined the bunch.

See them all on the joshandlouis website or visit them in person at Depot II Gallery at 2 Danks Street, Waterloo before the exhibition closes on 3 March 2012.

[Image courtesy Josh Murray at joshandlouis.com].