Architecture and design

American design

New materials enabled new approaches to designing everyday objects.

1900 - 1980

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Glass Chair at the 1939 New York World’s Fair
Glass Chair at the 1939 New York World’s Fair

A single piece of glass composes most of this chair, and its sleek design upends traditional furniture design.

Russel Wright, “American Modern” Pitchers
Russel Wright, “American Modern” Pitchers

Pour a little out for the proletariat: the Robin Hood of earthenware pitchers brought modern design to the people.

Selected Contributors | American design