Mid-century design is characterized by clean lines and a spirit of experimentation.

The Museum’s collection of mid-century objects features metalwork, furniture, jewelry, ceramics, and textiles—including the work of San Diego artists and iconic, internationally renowned designers.

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Secret Chambers

1976
U.S.A.

This piece featuring fine and sterling silver and 14k gold has a special compartment in which its wearer can stash lipstick, keys, or other small essentials.

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Chair

1971
USA

This Carl Ekstrom creation draws inspiration from surfboards.

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Weather Report #522

c. 1960
USA

Abstract enamel on copper wall panels, such as this one, characterize the later work of San Diego native Ellamarie Woolley.

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Foliage and Butterflies Tapestry

c. 1965
Designed in USA, woven in France

Designed by Millard Sheets, this tapestry is his only known work featuring butterflies.

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LCW (Low Chair Wood)

c. 1946
USA

The iconic LCW was the product of an organic furniture competition entry.

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“Pythagoras” Yardage

20th century
Sweden

This woven and printed cotton drapery fabric yardage was designed for and manufactured by Ljungberg Textiles.

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