The modular design of these homes gave them a sense of strength, which was enhanced by the modern materials used in their construction, but also made them feel experimental and casual. These feelings were enhanced by the indoor-outdoor designs, with floor-to-ceiling windows and open floor plans, that created a sense of continuity between living rooms, patios and the surrounding environment.
These are explored in the exhibit through photographs, architectural plans and videos, and in all the items created to furnish them — but also in the layout of the exhibit.
“I think we’ve translated the exhibition to our spaces in an exciting way, subtly conveying the look and feel of mid-20th-century California in our galleries,” Bailly said. “A particular strength of our presentation is the opportunity to see so many of these objects from all sides and from unique vantage points.”
IF YOU GO
What: “California Design, 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way”
When: Through July 6
Where: Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Salem
How much: $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for students
More information: 866-745-1876 or www.pem.org