Art Deco

Collection Description

“Art Deco,” a term coined in the 1960s, refers to the style inspired by the 1925 Exposition internationale des arts décoratifs et modernes in Paris that became popular around the world in the late 1920s and 1930s. Among the hallmarks of Art Deco are stylized forms, metallic surfaces, an embrace of both exotic and machine-age iconography, and the use of strong vertical and diagonal lines. A variant, often termed Streamline Moderne, emphasizing horizontal lines to express forward motion, became especially popular in the United States. The Wolfsonian has many iconic examples of Deco and Streamline design in its collection, from the classically inspired ceramics of Milanese architect Gio Ponti to the “skyscraper” furniture of Paul Frankl to Walter Dorwin Teague’s Kodak Bantam Special camera.

Burgundy glass, Peer [Pear] service
General Motors building , New York World's Fair
Sugar tongs
Sugar bowl
Bitter glass, Peer [Pear] service
Champagne coupe, Peer [Pear] service
Modernique, model no. 431
Globe for a ceiling light
Desk chair
Tile: automobile motif [from the lobby of the Chanin Building, New York City]
Height and Weight Meter, model S
Napkin: Mozaiek pattern [Mosaic Pattern]
Hinge: floral motif
Designs for decoration for ceramics: tulips and rose