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Savoy Vase
Savoy Vase

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A Modern World: American Design from the Yale University Art Gallery, 1920–1950
Organic design emerged in the late 1930s as a reaction to the calculated, impersonal curves of streamlining and the rigid geometry of industrial manufacture. The anthropomorphic shapes associated with organic design are formally related to Surrealism, while its integration of form with function is intellectually related to architectural theory. This aesthetic has been variously termed biomorphic, blob, and freeform—labels that accurately describe aspects of the whole but are in themselves …