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.

Lamp [Saturn motif]
Champagne coupe, Peer [Pear] service
Cake server: linear design
Sugar bowl from dinette set
Beer beaker, Peer [Pear] service
Foiro 4-13 Majo 1929 [Fair 4-13 May 1929]
Teaspoon, Deauville flatware pattern
Design for decoration for ceramics: flowers
Burgundy glass, Peer [Pear] service
Plate: iris motif
Elephant Tower [for the Portals of the Pacific, 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco, CA]
Champagne coupe, Peer [Pear] service
Dinner fork, Annecy flatware pattern
Designs for decoration for ceramics: tulips and rose