Slide Show: The Bright and Playful World of Ackerman Modern

Jerome and Evelyn Ackerman created beautiful objects together for more than six decades

Jerome and Evelyn Ackerman made beautiful designs together for more than 60 years, their work is the subject of the book Hand-In Hand: Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman published last month by Pointed Leaf Press. The couple, Evelyn died in 2012, created sculpture, ceramics, textiles, and functional art sold to designers, and incorporated into restaurants, hotels and other building projects. The Ackerman style is bright, playful and animated and epitomizes the joy and lightness in midcentury California design. Photographer Dan Chavkin and former Los Angeles photo editor Lisa Thackaberry edited the book, a gorgeous homage to the Ackermans. Designer Jonathan Adler is a big fan as well, contributing a foreword where he enthuses over the love and childlike joy in Ackerman world. Jerome, who turns 95 in January, continues to lecture on modern design and will join a panel of experts on 20th century decorative art at a tribute during Palm Springs Modernism Week in February. Here are some of my favorite images from their new book Hand-In Hand: Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman.