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.

Vase: Futura #384
Creamer: Gazelle Motif
Liqueur glass, Peer [Pear] service
Knife rest: stylized dog form
Champagne coupe, Peer [Pear] service
Sugar bowl from the Continental tea and coffee service
Design for decoration for ceramics: butterfly and flowers
Hinge: floral motif
Cup: iris motif
Creamer: airplane
Relief: men harvesting, women gathering
Trivet: leaping gazelle motif
Interior for an ocean liner bar and lounge area