California Design: Living In A Modern Way

California Design 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way‘ is an exhibition that’s currently showing at the Queensland Art Gallery. I first saw the exhibition during one of their Up Late sessions which also included a musical performance from Cub Sport. That session was pretty crowded so I wanted to go back at a time when I didn’t have to deal with crowds two people deep just to view certain pieces. Also, so I could take my time daydreaming that all the Eames things were mine. I managed to go back the same day I visited the Cai Guo-Qiang exhibition at GoMA thanks to a special joint ticket deal that the art galleries were offering. As you can probably guess from the name of the exhibition, it showcases the different facets of design of mid-century California. It was basically like stepping into those episodes of Mad Men where Don Draper goes to California. If you’re in Brisbane and want to experience a bit of time travel you’ve only got a few weeks left to do so as the exhibition wraps up on February 9.


Images taken on iPhone 4 and edited in Photoshop


  1. Margin and Column January 16, 2014

    Oh man, I so badly want to see this that I'm considering booking a flight to Brisbane from Sydney just to check it out!

  2. Lena January 16, 2014

    I went to this the other month, with the same joint ticket deal, although I had no idea cub sport were doing a thing there! I wish I lived in the 60's or 70's, everything was so lovely. how great is the guo qiang exhibition at goma too, so magical!

    • soph // and other things January 22, 2014

      Yep Cub Sport played a week or two after the exhibition opened. I'm still in awe of the Cai Guo-Qiang exhibit too!

  3. Oh my this is definitely something I'd visit.

  4. Jane January 16, 2014

    Oh wow, this looks really cool – just like how I'd imagine mid-century american furniture would look like, haha.

  5. Eleanor January 16, 2014

    wow – this is stunning! i love all the designs… it's almost futuristic and vintage at the same time! gorgeous photos! 🙂

  6. she. January 16, 2014

    I love that desk.

  7. Kiara King January 18, 2014

    Oh heck, this is super freakin' cool! It's crazy how much design has changed, yet stayed the same. These pieces ooze some serious coolness.

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