The Golden State is responsible for some of the most iconic American design created in the last century. This weekend, LACMA opens the groundbreaking exhibition California Design, 1930-1965: "Living In A Modern Way." Bringing together 350 works by leading designers, the show functions as an exploration of how Californai shaped the lives of all Americans at mid-century.

By 1945, California was widely recognized as the world center for design. Such luminaries as Charles and Ray Eames and Richard Neutra made their homes in the state. In addition, the exhibition makes light of previously unheralded designers who played an integral role in the development of California design. An intoxicating mix of architecture, furniture, graphic design, and textiles make up the many objects on view. All speak to the enormous importance of California in birthing a new way of living... one which remains true to how we are today.

The exhibition will run through March 25, 2012.

In honor of the show, the Complex Guide to Classic California Design shares 25 classic designs (and the people behnd them) that you should know.

This information will help you impress your mom and wow women. So, go ahaed, learn a few important facts that can easily flow into small talk. And, most important, find out who created the awesome elephant pictured above.