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.

Tennis Player
Bowl with amethyst cabochons
General Motors building , New York World's Fair
Perfume atomizer
Egg cup holder
Shoe display stand from the first floor shoe department of Bullocks Wilshire department store, Los Angeles, California
Beer beaker, Peer [Pear] service
Champagne coupe, Peer [Pear] service
Globe for a ceiling light
Hook: clothes hook from the men's fitting room of Bullocks Wilshire department store, Los Angeles, California
Sugar bowl from dinette set
Teacup and saucer
Design for decorations for ceramics: floral motif