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Davies, Karen, At Home in Manhattan: Modern Decorative Arts, 1925 to the Depression, New Haven, CT, Yale University Press, 1983, first edition, 4to (11.25" x 9.25"), SB, teal paper wraps w/ color pattern illustration & black titles, VG+ / none. Corners bumped, light edgewear.

124 pp. Profuse illustration, some in color. Includes index, source list. Foreword by Patricia E. Kane. Contents include: Using the Past, Modern Art, Urban Life, Promoting Modern Design, Design for Industry. Published in conjunction with an exhibition of the same name at Yale University Art Gallery, which featured 81 objects by 47 designers working in Manhattan in the late 1920s.

From the introduction: "At Home in Manhattan: Modern Decorative Arts, 1925 to the Depression" is the first exhibition in several decades to highlight the works of major American designers active in New York City during the late 1920s.

Including eighty-one objects by forty-seven designers, this exhibition sheds new light on a largely forgotten era of American design. In the past fifteen years several exhibitions in Europe and America have brought the so-called Art Deco style to public attention, and numerous histories of design movements of the 1920s have appeared.

These endeavors, however, have focused primarily on European developments, whereas American designs of the period remain largely unexamined...The objects in "At Home in Manhattan" provide valuable insights into a tremendously vital and experimental period in New York’s history...

In essence, the objects assembled here tell us much about the ways American designers appropriated tradition, technology, modern art, and their changing environment into new and creative designs."


Foreword by Patricia Kane
Notes to the Catalogue Entries
Using the Past
Modern Art
Urban Life
Promoting Modern Design
Design for Industry
Sources Consulted
Photographic Credits

Includes works in furniture by: Norman bel Geddes, Marcel Breuer, Hunt Dieterich, Paul T. Frankl, Raymond Hood, Ely Jacques Kahn, Gilbert Rohde, Louis Rorimer, Eugene Schoen, Josef Urban, Walter Von Nessen, Kem Weber, and others.

Works in metalwork, lighting, glassware and textiles by several others are also included.
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