Lifestyle

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

Caressing Spirit
Pioneering Black modernist Art Smith designed his mid-century jewelry to move with the body—like jazz
Houseful of Halloween
Haunting mid-century traditions continue to inspire—and spook—new generations
That Golden Glow
Seventy years ago today—fast-food king McDonald's put the 'arch' in 'architecture'
Hot Dog Express
When Oscar Mayer's awe-inspiring Wienermobile took mid-century America on the ride of their lives
Styled with a Smile
Inspired Lisa Congdon spreads joy in the Alexander Girard tradition with art vibrant and bold
Hands of Time
Gifted East Bay clockmaker's joyful, heartfelt timepieces tell intimate tales as well as time
Echoes of 'Little Boxes'
On its 60th anniversary—the provocative 1960s folk song that tainted the suburban way of life
Sophisticats
How the feline form in the mid-century evoked a cool yet spiritual persona with an aura of mystery
Light & Breezy
Marin artist Kristen 'Bucko' Sinn's upbeat persona and playful spirit flow through her MCM-inspired jewelry
Shades of Cool
Alluring, timeless and treasured—the functional art and bold designs of classic mid-century sunglasses
Storyteller in the Sun
Masterful San Francisco artist Serge Gay blends dreams and reality into his unique, personal narrative paintings
Craze Gone Crazy
A revolutionary innovation that once brought joy to the world, plastic now haunts us in a sea of debris
Architecture of Dreams
French illustrator Marie-Laure Cruschi draws her long-distance inspiration from mid-century design
Telling Tales
Today's generation of architectural photographers and the alluring houses that 'speak' to them
From Venice with Love
San Francisco glass artist David Patchen practices ‘old country’ technique with modern flair
If Glass Walls Could Talk
Behind a new book, author steers us back to the 1960s and her life filled with magic, mayhem and Eichlers
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