Cool Outside: The Mid-Century Exterior and Timeless Style


Join us for a panel discussion of the timeless style embodied in the landscape designs and furnishings featured in the exhibition, Cool Outside.

Exhibition curator JC Miller will lead a conversation with Waverly Lowell of the UC Berkeley Environmental Design Archives; and Steve Cabella, owner of the Modern I Shop.  Waverly’s research on the designers of the mid-century period has yielded important insights into the design language of the time; and Steve has generously loaned objects from his extensive collections for the show.  The program will include discussion of the significance of the Marin Art and Garden Fair as an exhibition opportunity for mid-century designers; and the design work at the Center by Thomas Church, Robert Royston, Russell Emmons, and Gardner Dailey.

Book sale and wine reception to follow.

Seating is limited for comfort and safety; please purchase tickets in advance.


This event is co-sponsored by the California Garden & Landscape History Society




Aug 10 2021


5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Questions? email or call 415-455-5260


  • JC Miller
    JC Miller

    JC Miller is a licensed landscape architect, a writer, and an educator. He is a partner at Vallier Design Associates, a landscape architecture and planning practice located in the San Francisco Bay area. He is the former Director for the Landscape Architecture Certificate Program at UC Berkeley Extension where he developed a curriculum and program for Historic and Cultural Landscape Preservation and Management. Mr. Miller continues to work academically; he developed and teaches an on-line course in landscape design history for UCLA Extension.

    Mr. Miller is a co-author of Modern Public Gardens: Robert Royston and the Suburban Park and Robert Royston: Landscape Architect, both examine the innovative postwar design work of Robert Royston. He has contributed essays on postwar California design to Eden, the journal of the California Garden and Landscape History Society and to published collections including; Edith Heath: Philosophies and William Krisel’s Palm Springs: The Language of Modernism .

  • Steve Cabella
    Steve Cabella

    Steve Cabella is a mid century design historian and collector, and a Marin native who owns the Modern i Shop, located at 635 San Anselmo Ave in San Anselmo. The Modern i Shop is one of the oldest vintage Mid-Century design shops in the U.S. Opened in 1977, the shop specializes in the estate contents of older creative people and engages in exhibitions and preservation of important mid century design and the history of artists, architects, designers and engineers who careers were in the Bay Area.

    Steve was also the curator of the earliest mid-century design exhibition on the West Coast, have loaned and curated the huge 1981 vintage design exhibition at the College of Marin Art gallery in 1981.

  • Waverly Lowell
    Waverly Lowell

    Waverly Lowell is an archivist, historian, author, and educator. A Fellow of the Society of American Archivists, she developed the Environmental Design Archives at the University of California, Berkeley and served as its Curator for twenty years. Currently she is co-founder of The ONDA Group, consulting on archival, historical, and information issues and buildings . Her publications include Living Modern: A Biography of Greenwood Common; Landscape at Berkeley: The First 100 Years; Design on the Edge: 100 Years of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley; and Architectural Records: Managing Design & Construction Records, as well as many articles and exhibits.

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