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Plastics from Paradise:
California Modernizes the American Lifestyle



american commercial design


Club Chair, Frank Gehry (b. 1929)
Heller, Inc., designed: 2004
Rotational-molded polyethylene

Bathing Suit
Mary Ann DeWeese (1913-1993)
Catalina Sportswear, c.1932
Wool knit, center back length: 16 in
Photo by Larry Underhill

LCW (Lounge chair/wood)
Designed by Charles (1907–1978), and Ray Eames (1912–1988) in 1946, this example, c. 1950
Wood, rubber; manufactured by Herman Miller, Inc.
26" x 22" x 25"

"Roadside Barrier Light", 1967
Designed by Henry C. Keck (b. 1921)
Keck-Craig Associates
Pasadena, Calif.
13" x 7.25" x 3.25"
Photo: Keck-Craig, Inc.

Citrus Crate Label
Cal Fame / California Oranges
Designer: Unknown, c. 1940s
Paramount Citrus Assn.,
San Francisco, Calif.
Offset lithograph Aprox. 10” X 10 1/2”

Glasspar G2, Sports car
Body by Bill Tritt (1917-2011), chassis by Harold “Shorty” Post (1913- 1970), Tustin/Santa Ana, Calif.
37” x 66 1/2” x 159”

c. 1952, made until 1954
Fiberglass body, metal chassis
Manufactured by Glasspar Company, Santa Ana, CA
Photo courtesy Geoffrey Hacker

Planter, TH1
Designed by La Gardo Tackett (1911-1984) for Architectural Pottery, c. 1950
9" x 13"
Manufactured by Vessel USA, c. 2015
Photo courtesy Vessel USA

Designer: Malcolm Leland (b. 1922), c. 1951
Malcolm Leland Ceramics, El Segundo, Calif.
28" x 8"
Produced subsequently by Architectural Pottery
Terra cotta, steel bolts




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