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26 January 2014 @ 08:01 pm
California Design  
Headed into the city yesterday to see an exhibition at the Queensland Art Gallery, called "California Design 1930 - 1965: Living in a Modern Way". It was such an interesting exhibition, with both static displays and short documentary films. My favourite of the films was from Disneyland, which used to be can't-miss Sunday night TV; this particular one featured Walt introducing an episode of Tomorrowland which focused on the atom and the marvellous possibilities of atomic energy.
The displays themselves were fantastic. I loved this desk:

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And this sun lounge:

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There was even an Oscar there, which belonged to Cedric Gibbons:

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And of course there were a couple of examples of Eames design:

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I loved this caravan, although I reckon it would be a bit too warm for comfort:

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We stopped for lunch at the gallery cafe where we were joined by this handsome gentleman:

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Just look at the colours on his throat and chest:

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While there, we bought tickets for another exhibition there - it's called Falling Back to Earth, by Cai Guo-Qiang. I'm quite excited about going back to see that. Take a peek here.
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mrua7mrua7 on January 26th, 2014 11:39 am (UTC)
Somewhere in my life time I recall seeing that Walt Disney film about tomorrowland. It might have been at the 1964 World's fair...wow, long time ago. I was only 10 at the time (and had my first crush on Illya Kuryakin...hey who am I kidding, I still have that crush on him) "D
miwahni: MFU My Fandom Poutsmiwahni on January 26th, 2014 01:11 pm (UTC)
Crushes on Illya Kuryakin tend to linger, don't they? *g*
In the film, the narrator was illustrating the chain reaction caused when you split an atom, by setting off a heap of pingpong balls on mousetraps. The narrator himself had a bit of an accent and really looked the part of a stereotypical mad scientist. Is taht ringing any bells with you?
miwahnimiwahni on January 26th, 2014 01:13 pm (UTC)
Actually, I found it on youtube :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDcjW1XSXN0

mrua7mrua7 on January 26th, 2014 02:06 pm (UTC)
Not ringing any bells. Just have a vague memory of Walt talking about tomorrowland. Oh well..
moonlightmead on January 26th, 2014 05:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you for these, they are fascinating. I want to try the caravan!

Also, the Disney atom film, hee! I wonder if this is the one I saw clips of in The Atomic Café, a strange collection of archive footage about nuclear propaganda in the Cold War.

miwahni: Firefly Can't take the skymiwahni on January 27th, 2014 11:06 am (UTC)
The caravan was period-perfect, from the flecked red lino floor to the timber screen door.
I've not seen The Atomic Cafe; I can imagine that the Disney film would have scored a guernsey though, simply because Walt Disney was so hugely well-known at the time.
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] CUPPAdraycevixen on January 26th, 2014 08:56 pm (UTC)

What a great exhibit. I'm a huge fan of Mid-Century Modern and clean lines.

Also, great lizard. :D
miwahnimiwahni on January 27th, 2014 11:08 am (UTC)
Oh, you'd have loved it then. Even just leafing through the old design books was a thrill. There were clothes, and fabric samples, artwork including record album covers and movie posters, pottery, jewellery, the lot. I'm thinking about going back just to buy the book which was reduced from $119 to $59, I regret not picking up a copy.