Mid-Century Marvels | Mingei International Museum
Image: Millard Sheets, Foliage and Butterflies, c. 1965, Designed in U.S.A., woven in France

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


Secret Chambers

1976 USA

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.


1971 USA

This Carl Ekstrom creation draws inspiration from surfboards.

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.

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.

LCW (Lounge Chair Wood)

c. 1946 USA

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

“Pythagoras” Yardage

20th century Sweden

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

Footed Bowl

1971 USA

Known for her precise, controlled and functional wares, Laura Andreson embraced the modernist form-follows-function practice that prized a unity of shape and surface with little trace of the artist’s hand.


1962 San Diego, California

When this chair debuted in New York, it was viewed as radical, strange and something that only a Californian would do.


1969 San Diego, California

A trailblazer both in her aesthetic and techniques, Kay Whitcomb (1921-2015) pushed the boundaries of her craft by developing a new way to create intricate enamels on steel with a single firing.

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Please note: The Museum will be closed Monday, July 4.