20th Century Decorative Art

Stylistic changes in Decorative Art can be observed throughout the decades of the 20th century, frequently mirroring trends in the Fine Arts. In the early decades, artists and craftsmen were creating pieces in the style of Art Nouveau’s curving, organic lines. In the 1920s, 30s, and 40s, these forms became more geometric and clean, influenced by Cubism, Constructivism, and Futurism, moving towards the Art Deco style. Around this time, Walter Gropius founded the Bauhaus in Weimar, which focused on modern arts, crafts, and design. Similarly in the US, a revival in the American craftsman was also observed. Mid-century Modernism progressed into a more organic style and a rejection of materialism in the 1960s and 70s and an increased interest in handicrafts. Glassblowing in particular saw a rise in popularity, and in 1971, Dave Chihuly founded the Pilchuck Glass School in Washington, which became central to the growth of the movement.


20th Century Decorative Art is featured in Edition: The Best of the Met

Dominick Labino, Emergence in Polychrome (1977)
Attributed to Nini DaRos, Vase (1950s)
David R. Huchthausen, Leitungs Scherben #LS 1082 (1982)
Donald Deskey, Cigarette box (ca. 1928)
Donald Deskey, Table Lamp (1927)
Eliel Saarinen, Prototype tea urn (ca. 1934)
Ettore Sottsass, "Murmansk" (1982)
Gilbert Rohde, Desk Lamp (1933)
Gilbert Rohde, Electric clock (1933)
Gilbert Rohde, Electric clock (ca. 1933)
Herman Rosse, Dining Room (1928)
Hisatoshi Iwata, Vase, (1979)
Joel Philip Myers, Contiguous Fragment Series Vessel Form #8-68 (1981)
Shiro Kuramata, Flower Vase #3 (1989)
Split Vertical Vertex, Thomas Patti (1989)
Tokuda Yasokichi III, Vase (ca. 1997)
Walter Dorwin Teague and Frank Del Giudice, Polaroid Desk Lamp 114 (1939)
Wilber L. Orme, Pristine Table Architecture (1938)
William Carlson, Kinesthesis bottle (1981)