Bobbye Tigerman co-curated California Design, 1930—1965: Living in a Modern Way, an exhibit shown last year at LACMA. The show was a hit – and the research produced so much rich history about designers and makers that the curators decided to create a book about them.
The result is A Handbook of California Design, 1930—1965: Craftspeople, Designers, Manufacturers, designed by Irma Boom. Bobbye talks about the community of designers that thrived then, and considers the state of Southern California designing and making today. After being eclipsed by Silicon Valley, is it enjoying a rebirth?