Lifestyle

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

Downtown in Style
As times were a-changing, San Francisco's department stores played a starring role in mid-century fashion design
Scooters are for Riding
Enthusiasts of vintage Vespas and Lambrettas love their style and speed—and affinity with the MCM lifestyle
Diamonds of the West
How modernist architecture of the mid-century impacted the look, openness and siting of California's big-league ballparks
Tabletop Theater
Setting a ‘dining stage’ of quiet drama—East Bay ceramicist Jered Nelson and his distinguished handmade modern plating
City of Noir
Behind the fog-shrouded mystique—why so many classic mid-century film noirs aimed their cameras toward Baghdad by the Bay
Escape from the Bay
From Boise to Sacramento to Portland—flight paths that lead to modern living without sky-high prices
Cold Cold Art
West Coast glassmaker Ethan Stern explores his 'original voice' with a keen, modern eye on the past
Splash!
America's recreational oasis—the swimming pool comes of age in mid-century California
Type that Talks
From Helvetica to Futura to Neutraface— the expressive aura of modern lettering
Lunchbox Love
Nostalgia, art and history keep fans passionate about the metal pail that once defined their identity
Pushing the Limits
Chris Trueman’s innovative paintings may be abstract but they still explore what’s real in the world we live in
Dreamscapes of Elegance
Charles Schridde and the mid-century ad men of Motorola—staging the greatest modern homes the world has never seen
Destiny’s Calling
From Matisse to mid-century modern—East Bay painter Fernando Reyes wows fans with his joyous abstractions
CollectorMANIA
How the thrill of the hunt for mid-century paraphernalia moves collectors to put a personal stamp on their homes
Everyday Art
‘Low brow’ flirts with high times and MCM for the paintings of San Francisco rising talent Emily Fromm
Showtime in the Ozone
After thousands of its kind have fallen away, the drive-in theater yearns for a renaissance
Jewels of the Earth
Moved by the natural world, Bay Area artist Milton Cavagnaro nurtured his creative spirit with painting, jewelry and the landscape
Learning from the Land
Obie Bowman’s warm, homey houses grow from their sites—and from their designer’s fanciful imagination
Aura of the Era
Coolest of the cool television sets from the mid-century eye a cozy comeback stage inside today’s modern homes
Light as a Stone in Flight
South Bay sculptor Ken Matsumoto evokes nature and man in an earthy, Zen-like aesthetic