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California (Design) Dreamin' part 4

Posted by Carren Jao Pineda |

Something about this Millard Sheets screen is very Japanese, but in a softer, more approachable manner. During LACMA's California Design exhibition, the informational sheets mention how Asian and Latin American influences seeped into the Golden State's design aesthetic.

I'd like to think that somehow Sheets' exposure to multiple cultures (either from being in Los Angeles or from his travels around the world) informed his work and gave birth to this unimposing and elegantly airy screen.

Full view of the screen.
Branch and leaf detail from the screen. I love the pointillistic details.
Leaf and background detail. Even the background deserves some texture and shading using the same pointillist technique.
Architectural renderer Carlos Diniz's work also recalls that Japanese aesthetic albeit with even more definite lines. His renditions for Monarch Bay Homes inspired excitement for many first-time homeowners who found themselves amid Los Angeles' booming population.

A beauty in itself, these renderings by Carlos Diniz sold the promise of modern life to Californians.
Read the other California Design posts. See more pictures of the exhibit here.


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