Lifestyle

Mid-century modern art, culture, and living at its finest

Dance of a Lifetime
From her legendary open-air deck, dance pioneer Anna Halprin carries on a free-flowing connection between inside and outside
This Kitchen Does It All
CA-Modern 'Best Kitchen Remodel Contest' winners the Cissons continue to be inspired by an inventive design
Magical Modern Tradition
Nostalgia and emotion move grandson to keep alive his family's mid-century Christmas tree creation
Going Wild!
Fantasy and function combine to create 12 modern homes that are out of this world
Eye for the Fantastic
San Francisco artist Michael Murphy celebrates the remarkable and 'forgotten' through his unique, brightly colored abstractions of modern architecture
Fielder's Choice
When San Francisco Giants great Willie Mays ran into the 'color barrier'—then turned to Eichler for a stylish new home
Return of the Butterflies
After years of hibernation following their mid-century boom, butterfly roofs are spreading their wings once again
Plastic Fantastic Living
Disneyland's spectacular 'Monsanto House of the Future' combined science, showmanship and dreams
Taking the Plunge
Original art makes the house look great—but it’s oh so easy to get hooked along the way
Jewelry of Our Times
San Francisco artist Margaret De Patta turned ornament into wearable modern sculpture
Catnip for Connoisseurs
Living a dream incognito, hard-working El Gato Gomez churns out art for those who like things sleek and stylish
Paradise Found
10 ways to live it up in the exotic world of tiki California
His Royal Hipness
When verbal jazzman Lord Buckley held court— wailing away way-out humor with a touch of the divine
Whimsy in Wood
Pushing the limits, woodworker Michael Cullen blends serenity of color and texture with a modern, stripped-down feeling
Grudge City
Northern versus Southern California—an age-old tug-of-war tradition that evokes the Hatfields and McCoys
Showtime!
Spurred on by passion, charity and even profit, ambitious organizers and proud homeowners welcome in throngs on tours of their modern homes
Bay Area Reimagined
Stunning modern designs put a new face on the world we live in
Visionaries on the Wing
As the Bay Bridge reopening nears, lost in the hoopla is Frank Lloyd Wright’s forsaken ‘Butterfly’ design—the most beautiful span of all
Eichler for the Weekends
Under a playful blanket of snow, the magical A-frame retreat makes a carefree connection with the ‘real you’
Thrills to No End
With its mix of fresh, over-the-top rides and perennial crowd-pleasers, homey Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk continues to amaze