This exhibition was on display from April 07, 2017 to August 20, 2017.

There were 409 objects in this exhibition but right now we can only show you 400 of them. Some objects may not be viewable because they were on loan; this might be due to issues involving image rights or simply because there is no digitized image for the objects.

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Toward A Machine Age

Design that took its inspiration from machinery became an important part of American taste in the 1920s, moving from the factory into domestic interiors. While aesthetic and technical innovations of Europeans Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier involved limited production of chrome-plated bent metal furniture, Americans Donald Deskey and Gilbert Rohde partnered with industry to expand furniture production and affordability. Similarly, George Sakier’s Fostoria Glass designs combined mass production with sophisticated forms. This exhibition concludes in the early 1930s, showing how the technological and stylistic innovations of the 1920s—that had originated as fashionable alternatives to the past—became widespread in America after the 1929 stock market crash.

  • Purse, 1928
  • tapestry and silk.
  • Lent by Mobiler national, Paris, 1761.
  • 74.2016.3
  • Purse, 1928
  • tapestry, silver-plated clasp.
  • Lent by Mobiler national, Paris, Beauvais 1666.
  • 74.2016.2
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • There are 3 images of this object.
  • Globe Radio, 1933
  • molded phenolic plastic (catalin), metal, fabric.
  • Gift of George R. Kravis II.
  • 2011-44-1
  • Table Lamp, 1933
  • chrome-plated steel, brass.
  • Gift of George R. Kravis II.
  • 2015-41-11