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Sidewall, Modern California Villa's

This is a Sidewall. It was manufactured by Griffin-Sefton Inc.. We acquired it in 1991. Its medium is machine printed on paper. It is a part of the Wallcoverings department.

The California lifestyle, with its emphasis on informality and indoor-outdoor living, came to epitomize the good life for many Americans in the 1950s. This paper captures that fascination and celebrates traditional California architecture. The houses are situated next to mountains and ocean, suggesting a domestic lifestyle thoroughly integrated with nature.

This object was donated by Suzanne Lipschutz and catalogued by Rose Gottschalk and Molly Holst.

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Sidewall, Modern California Villa's; Manufactured by Griffin-Sefton Inc. ; USA; machine printed on paper; 1991-89-227-a,b

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibitions Rooms with a View: Landscape & Wallpaper and Kitsch to Corbusier: Wallpapers from the 1950s.

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