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Barbie, Icon of California Design

Sunday, December 4th, 2011


We’ve been working with Mattel for the past few years on Barbie and currently over at the LACMA, as part of California Design, 1930-1965: “Living in a Modern Way,” the original 1959 Barbie doll and her boyfriend, Ken, introduced in 1961, are on display.

Originally designed in Hawthorne but made in Tokyo, the dolls are a gift from Mattel, Inc., sponsor of the exhibition and an example of a postwar California success story. Formed around 1945 in a Los Angeles garage, Mattel envisioned a three-dimensional fashion doll onto which a child “could project her own dreams of the future.” Fifteen years later, Barbie was born.


It was interesting to see Barbie’s Dream House, which was made out of cardboard, but surprisingly modern in design.



Be sure to check out the exhibition before it closes to see many of the great California design stories.

“Living in a Modern Way” at the LACMA

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

We’re excited to see the work of two of our clients, Herman Miller and the LACMA, come together at the California Design, 1930–1965: “Living in a Modern Way” exhibition. The exhibition is the first major study on California mid-century modern design that includes a relocated Eames House Living Room that brings over 425 pieces designed by Charles and Ray Eames to life. The exhibition is a treasure trove of seminal design masterpieces with an entire display of every style Eames chair from 1939 to 1998. Watch a video on how they packed up all the Eames designs here.

The exhibition is open now until March 25th and is a must-see for all mid-century modern design lovers.

[Photos via the Curbed]



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