Lifestyle

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

Music in the Air
The Monterey Jazz Festival and its mid-century rise to glory
House as Cinema Star
Enticing Hollywood with light, openness and style, modern homes have become faves for TV and movie shoots
Hit the Road
Hot-spot stops for time travelers on a California road-trip getaway
Collage: the Ultimate Remix
California artists—and their creations—reveal how the simple art of collage speaks forcefully to people today
How BART Got Art
What's become of the Bay Area Rapid Transit's 'museum' of modern art—born of 1960s dreams yet largely forgotten today?
Dine Like It's '59
12 California restaurants that savor dishing up the mid-century experience
That Magic Glow
Once loved, then reviled, the world of neon art is back in lights—from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Dress to Express
Folks who go retro say it’s all about steppin’ out in style, self-assertion and hunting for clothes
Clay Artist Thinks Big
Once Fresno's best-kept secret, visionary Stan Bitters finds newfound popularity with dazzling grand-scale art he calls 'environmental ceramics'
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
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
Return of the Butterflies
After years of hibernation following their mid-century boom, butterfly roofs are spreading their wings once again
Catnip for Connoisseurs
Living a dream incognito, hard-working El Gato Gomez churns out art for those who like things sleek and stylish
Plastic Fantastic Living
Disneyland's spectacular 'Monsanto House of the Future' combined science, showmanship and dreams