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.

Tile: airplane motif [from the lobby of the Chanin Building, New York City]
Liqueur glass, Peer [Pear] service
Elephant Tower [for the Portals of the Pacific, 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco, CA]
Dinner fork, Annecy flatware pattern
Teacup and saucer
Liborito (Guaracha lenta)
Platter, model no. 25
Creamer from the Continental tea and coffee service
Cup: iris motif
Nieuwe Wandplaten 11 [New Wall Poster 11]
Mailbox from New York Central Terminal, Buffalo
Garden bench: stylized foliage motif
Dinner fork, Deauville