California Design, 1930–1965: “Living in a Modern Way”

Most girls oggle over Louis Vuitton purses and Jimmy Choo shoes. Me? I oggle over Eames chairs. Our original Sunday Funday plans fell through, so we decided to drool over furniture that we will never be able to afford. Off we went, to the  California Design, 1930–1965: “Living in a Modern Way” exhibit that had just opened at the LACMA!

Stark Bar

… BUT. We needed sustenance before engaging in intense oggling, so we stopped by the Ray’s & Stark Bar, which is within the LACMA premises. I’ve heard good things about it, and besides, Michel Dozois is the consulting mixologist here. I sure do miss sipping on an Italian Stallion.

The chairs in the outside lounge were all sitt-able classics – velvety Saarinens, colorful Herman Millers, and – holyshitballs – wirey, sexy Bertoia chairs. I died when I plopped my ass into this.

Husband could care less.

Stark Bar

Complimentary vinegar potato chips. Yum.

Stark Bar

They had a nice craft beer selection. Right: Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewery (7). Left: Racer 5 IPA by Bear Republic (7).

Stark Bar

Italian Stallion (12). Scotch, Carpano Antica, Cynar, and brandied cherries replacing the lemon garnish.

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(this was one of my favorite drinks from the Neve Ice event I went to a long time ago). So burnt caramely and boozy. Love it.

Stark Bar

We split a Sausage Flatbread (12) with spicy Nduja sausage, red onions, cacao cavallo cheese and japapenos. Very delicious.

 

Sad I had to remove my ass from the beautiful Bertoia diamond chair…

California Design, 1930–1965: "Living in a Modern Way"

But there was an exhibit that needed to be check out.

California Design, 1930–1965: "Living in a Modern Way"

Here’s some chair porn for you.

California Design, 1930–1965: "Living in a Modern Way"

California Design, 1930–1965: "Living in a Modern Way"

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Original Barbie and Ken and one of the first Barbie Dream House…

California Design, 1930–1965: "Living in a Modern Way"

California Design, 1930–1965: "Living in a Modern Way"

California Design, 1930–1965: "Living in a Modern Way"

Squee! I have you! (or at least a later model of you!)

California Design, 1930–1965: "Living in a Modern Way"

If you love the set of Mad Men, if you are in love with mid century furniture, if you are just a California kid at heart… You must go to this exhibit. It’s open till March 25th of next year. Exhibit information here.

 

P.S. The permanent exhibits are pretty fun too.

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permanent exhibit

permanent exhibit

Our favorite permanent exhibit is the Modern Art one in the Ahmanson Building. Aside from weird sculptures like the ones above, they also feature classics like Matisse’s cut outs, Warhol’s screen prints, and various works of Picasso. Check it out.

Ray’s And Stark Bar
5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Inside the LACMA
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 857-6180
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