"California Design: Living In A Modern Way" at the PEM

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Last weekend Matt and I went to Salem, MA for a special exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum. I had never been to the PEM before, and had no idea how beautiful it was (and it's only an hour away! I'll definitely be returning). I love Salem - I like the witchiness, the ocean, and the Willows. We ate delicious burritos at Comida Mexican Taqueria right next to the Museum. My burrito had pickled radishes and other fermented treats in it - it was fantastic.

The exhibit I was so keen on catching was called "California Design 1930 - 1965: Living In A Modern Way", and we saw on the last day it was at the PEM. I'm so glad we made it! The Exhibit was incredibly well done. It included a fiberglass car and a gorgeous Airstream Clipper, along with lots of examples of furniture, swimsuits, and home designs/floor plans. It really encompassed all aspects of mid-century life in California, and it made me miss being in that part of the country on our road trip! There is definitely something special and unique to the design of that place at that time.

There were also a lot of similarities to the "Made in the Shade: Designs of Summer Vacation" exhibit that Matt and I designed, curated, and organized at the Madsonian Museum of Industrial Design in Vermont 2 years ago. I wonder where the PEM got the idea from....hmmmm! Maybe it's just in the collective consciousness right now, or maybe....

This was the promotional postcard that we sent out for our "Made in the Shade: Designs of Summer Vacation" exhibit that we curated.

This was the promotional postcard that we sent out for our "Made in the Shade: Designs of Summer Vacation" exhibit that we curated.

Anyway, I've got some photos to share. Enjoy the range of mid century modern designs. I can't get enough of this stuff. I feel that more than any other style or era, mid century modern has stood the test of time and remains relevant and beautiful today.

Let me know which is your favorite in the comments below!