Design is the art of the everyday: the form and function of commercial objects made for home, commerce, communications, and industry. The Museum of California Design is dedicated to honoring California's unique contributions to commercial design and to furthering the understanding of how design affects the way we live. The museum achieves these goals through innovative traveling exhibitions and educational programming.

Our interests cover everything from cups to cars—though not architecture—made in every conceivable material: upcoming exhibitions will focus on furniture, graphics, and pottery. These and other exhibitions, as well as our educational programs, demonstrate how California's innovative spirit has reflected, and often led, America's cultural and economic development, how it has shaped the way we have lived for more than a century, and how its influence continues to affect us. We devote particular attention to how design is created and those who create it.

We hope that you will help us continue fulfilling these goals.


Bill Stern

Michael Michaud


Jennifer Jaffe     John Jaffe
Bill Stern
Sheila Tepper

Thomas E. Backer, PhD                          H. Kirk Brown III
Jack Chipman
Stanlee R. Gatti
Clare Graham
Edgar Hirst
Diane Keaton
Henry C. Keck
Michael Maloney
Daniel Ostroff
Charles Rosenberg
Judie Gregg Rosenman
Patricia Stich        Jill A. Wiltse

Zakariah Clark, Charles Rosenberg, Bill Stern

Web site logo by Laura Lovett

Design Marrin, Pasadena, California

Beverly Alison
Clare Graham
Sheila Tepper
Alan Jaffe (1945-2010)

David Gabel

Bill Stern, executive director of the Museum of California Design, is an author and curator. His exhibitions include  California Pottery: From Missions to Modernism  -- San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 2001 and Autry Museum in Los Angeles (2003);  Mid-Century Mandarin  and  The Clay Canvases Of Tyrus Yu Wong, CAFAM 2004.  He was the  Consulting Curator for LACMA’s 2011-2012 exhibition  California Design 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way  and he curated California’s Designing Women 1896-1986, which was presented at the Autry National Center in 2012-13.  His first book was California Pottery: From Missions to Modernism, with photographs by Peter Brenner, (Chronicle Books, 2001),, followed by  California’s Designing Women 1896-1986,  with photos by Larry Underhill (Museum of California Design, 2013).

Our Benefactors

$50,000 +
Super-Max Corporation

Nathan Cummings Foundation
Dr. Andrew and Deborah Frank
Brian and Edith HeathFoundation              Alan and Nora Jaffe
John and Jennifer Jaffe
Palm Springs Modernism Week Bill Stern

Beverly Alison
Stephen Bothwell
H. Kirk Brown III and Jill A. Wiltse
John Caldwell
Richard Cipra
Lorca Cohen
Cresa Partners
deasey/penner & partners
Fat Chance
Richard and Catherine Frinier
Judith Hendler
Jack and Ruth Hirsch
Edgar Hirst
Max and Damon Lawrence
Alvin Lee
Hal Meltzer
Off The Wall
Pacific Union Realty
Judie Gregg Rosenman
Beverly Schnur
Abby Sher
Peggy Sirota
Barbara Spark
Michael Stern
Sheila Tepper
Vessel USA

Fran and Jules Belkin
California Living/Andy Hackman
Mary Coquillard
Frank Gargani, Aaroe Architectural
Hilary and James McQuaid
Resnick Family Foundation, Inc.
Kene Rosa
June Sakata
Steve and Martha Sanford
John and Maria Wakelin
Cristi Walden
Jim Watterson
Laura and Larry Worchel

American Folk Art Society
Judith Auberjonois
Thomas E. Backer, PhD.
Evelyn Bauer
Barbara Bestor
John L. Boskovich
John Caldwell
George and Marge Chelini
Arline Fisch
Barbara Fitzsimmons
Polly Frost
Dane Henas
Carilyn J. Howell
Kate Kaplan
Myron Laskin
Leland Lee
Louise Lieberman
John Moses
Daniel Munoz
Newsweek Magazine
Mary Philips
Kit Rachlis
Philip Shurley
Evely Shlensky
Arlene Zeichner

Denny Burt
Don Coleman
Dean Hansell
Dan Hazeltine
Ron Hillman/John Simon Taylor
Jack and Ruth Hirsch
The Jaffe Family Knoll, Inc.
Sandra James
Charles Hollis Jones
Gary Kent
Harrison and Marguerite McIntosh
Hal Meltzer
MGM Press
Michael Gregg Michaud
Anne Louise Mosino
Chris Nichols
Daniel Ostroff
Michael Pratt
Mark Resnick
Kene Rosa
Gloria Samario
Bill Stern
Patricia Stich
Lynn Tackett
Tyrus Wong

Jerome Ackerman
Laura Ackerman-Shaw
Antiques & Objects
Apolis Global
Arts District Printing at Hammer & Spear
Juan F. Bastos
JF Chen@1135
The Window/  Lorca Cohen
John L. Boskovich in Memory of
John S. Boskovich
Jacques Caussin
Jack Chipman
Couturier Gallery
Cecilia Dan
Patrick Day and Paul Legvold
Display Tech Exhibits
Dolphin Promotions
Steven Ehrlich and Nancy Griffin
Fat Chance/Jeff Schuerholz
Dr. Andrew and Deborah Frank
The Grateful Palate
Alan Harris and Marcella Ruble
Matteo Home
Susan and G. Ray Hawkins
Heath Ceramics
Alan and Nora Jaffe
John Kelly Chocolates
Charles Hollis Jones
James Kendall
Bette and Howard Krom
Dean Leather
Phillip Lim
L A Moderne
Nancy Moure
Max and Damon Lawrence
Mark Jager Antiques
MGM Bookkeeping Co.
Hal Meltzer
Michael Gregg Michaud
Modern One/Ben Storck
Native Tile
Daniel Ostroff
Pacific Design Center
Petals by David
Reform Gallery
Kene Rosa
Judie Gregg Rosenman
Allen and Susan Russak
Peter Shire
Adam Silverman
Doug Stanton
Bill Stern
Studio Cue
Margaret Stern
Patricia Stich
Gary and Carmen Stiffelman
Ariel Swartley
Sheila Tepper
3 Vodka
Trader Joe's
Vessel U.S.A. John Van Hamersveld
Wyborowa Vodka
Cristi Walden
Zina Sterling Silver

Our  Exhibition Lenders

We appreciate the generosity of those individuals and museums that have lent objects from their collections to our exhibitions:

LENDERS TO FRANK GEHRY: 40 YEARS OF PRODUCT DESIGN 1972 TO 2012, at JF Chen @ 1135, October 25, 2015 – November 7, 2015

JF Chen
Gemini G.E.L.
Elizabeth Kellen
David Limburger
Museum of California Design (gift of Heller)
Museum of California Design (gift of Knoll, Inc.)
Peter Ramirez
Reform Gallery
Barbara Spark
Bill Stern

LENDERS TO CALIFORNIA’S DESIGNING WOMEN 1896-1986Autry National Center, Los Angeles, August 10 2012 - January 6, 2013

Jerome and Evelyn Ackerman
Steve Aldana
Annex Galleries
Margaret Bach
John and Joanne Barrett
Dierdre and Steve Bolm
Steve Cabella
Joel Chen
Dr. Bruce Chernof and Dr. Dan Garcia
Michal Connor
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
Arline Fisch
Dr. Andrew and Deborah Frank
Esther Ginsberg
Scott and Lauren Goldstein
Liz Graham
April Greiman
Bob Breen and Clare Graham
Eric Haeberli
Judith Hendler
Jaffe Family
Gere Kavanaugh
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Peter Loughrey
Mattel Inc.
Hilary and James McQuaide
Michael Gregg Michaud
Joseph Michael Morsman
Mingei International Museum
Museum of Arts and Design
Gerard O’Brian, Reform Gallery
Mark Stuart Ong
Otis College of Art and Design
Cher Pendarvis
Mark and Maura Resnick
Susan and Michael Rich
Steve Roden
Charles Rosenberg
San Diego History Center
Thomas Royal and Louis Cantabrana
Steve Soukup
Bill Stern
Deborah Sussman
Sheila Tepper
UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections

LENDERS TO A Survey of Eames Design from a Splint to a Chaise, Entenza House, Pacific Palisades, October 3, 2010

Joel Chen, JF Chen
Gary and Carmen Stiffelman

LENDERS TO Jerome and Evelyn Ackerman: Designs for Modern Living, Palm Springs Convention Center, February 13-15, 2009

Jerome and Evelyn Ackerman
Jeff Schuerholz
Fat Chance
Bill Stern

LENDERS TO The Classic Modernism of Architectural Pottery, Palm Springs Convention Center February 16 – 18, 2007

Dean Crane
Dr. Andrew and Deborah Frank
Reform Galery
Bill Hertel
Alan and Nora Jaffe
Stephen and Sara Sessa
David Skelley
Bill Stern

LENDERS TO Mid-Century Mandarin: The Clay Canvasses of Tyrus Yu Wong, Craft and Folk Art Museum, July 14 - October 31, 2004

Irene Poon Andersen
Bob Breen/Clare Graham
John Catlin
Bruce Chernof/Dan Garcia
Jack Chipman
Gary Keith
Leslee Leong
Leyla Cambel Leos
Museum of California Design
Greg Nestor
Kay Nishimto
Mark Peterson
Richard See
Son Vo
John and Maria Wakelin
Tyrus Wong

LENDERS TO CALIFORNIA POTTERY: FROM MISSIONS TO MODERNISM, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, July 20 – October 14, 2001
Autry Museum, July 4, 2003 – January 20, 2004

Jerome and Evelyn Ackerman
Steven Beals
Charles R. Bove
Carmen Brady/Pierre Allaud
Bob Breen/Clare Graham
Susie Tompkins Buell
Steve Cabella
Dean Crane
Dan Craver
Jack Chipman
Riley Doty
Jim Drobka
Jimm Edgar
Deleen Enge
Dan Fast
Dolores Fisher
Dr. Andrew Frank
Stanlee R. Gatti
Doug Hamilton
Heath Ceramics
Dan Huffman
Robert Hutchins
Steve Johnson
Norman Karlson
Gary Keith
Jerry Kunz
Max Lawrence
Petra Lopez Lefeber
Malcolm Leland
Armando Lopez
Tim Lukaszewski/Paul Preston
Margueritte and Harrison McIntosh
James Marrin
Museum Of California Design
Naomi's of San Francisco
National Park Service via
The Presidio Trust
Oakland Museum of California
Daniel Ostroff
Malinda Pretz
Roger Renick
Walter Schirra
June Scoggins
Steve Soukup
Bill Stern
Steve Temme
Tile Heritage Foundation
Li Vaughn
Mark Wadlinger
Cristi Walden
Barbara Willis
Mark Wiskow / Susan Strommer