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.

Liqueur glass, Peer [Pear] service
Desk chair
[View of an exhibition gallery in the Standard Oil Company pavilion, California Pacific International Exposition, San Diego, Calif., 1935-1936]
Architectural drawing of the front facade of a school in the J.M. Coenenstraat, Amsterdam
Nieuwe Wandplaten 15 [New Wall Plate 15]
Floor lamp, desert motif
Vase: Futura #386
Shoe display stand from the first floor shoe department of Bullocks Wilshire department store, Los Angeles, California
Teapot and hot water kettle, Eiffel Tower
Mailbox from New York Central Terminal, Buffalo
Bitter glass, Peer [Pear] service
Thermos pitcher, model no. 549
Perfume atomizer
Globe for a ceiling light