Interior Design

Collection Description

In the early twentieth century many Americans and Europeans began to view the decoration of their homes as important expressions of identity. They often turned to both professional designers and publications for advice and examples. The Wolfsonian’s library has many of the major interior design magazines of the early twentieth century as well as luxury print portfolios showing interiors by leading designers (especially in France). Wallpaper samples and other household objects in the collection reveal trends in the way people chose to decorate their homes, from the custom-designed and hand-crafted interiors that were within the means only of the very wealthy, to the mass-produced and mass-marketed home furnishings accessible to middle-class Americans.