MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA DESIGN
War and Peace:
The California Design Dividend
Lecture by Bill Stern, executive director,
Museum of California Design
February, 2011, Riviera Palm Springs,
1600 North Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, California
The end of World War II brought an unexpected peace dividend to California and the nation: an explosion of design creativity for the state's burgeoning population which proceded to influence modern life in America and around the world.
In the immediate post-war period California's designers confronted the shortage of many essential materials by developing a pared-down modern aesthetic which drew on locally available, often defense-related, materials. The result, which required minimal investment, was numerous start-up companies producing distinctive home furnishings in what we now call Mid-Century Modern style. The talk will be illustrated with examples by Charles and Ray Eames, Luther Conover, Greta Magnusson Grossman, Dorothy Schindele, Van Keppel and Green and Vista Furniture Co.