List of illustrations

  • Guy and Elisabeth Wilson Residence, R. M. Schindler architect, Los Angeles, California
  • Arthur and Hope Vernon Residence, Kingston, Rhode Island
  • Mr Armchair
  • Cabinet
  • Cocktail Service
  • Model room in Wallace Nutting Final Edition Furniture Catalogue
  • Oriole stove
  • Sink
  • House of Tomorrow, Century of Progress International Exposition, Chicago World's Fair
  • Dining Room, House of Tomorrow, Century of Progress
  • House of Tomorrow, Century of Progress
  • Living Room, House of Tomorrow, Century of Progress
  • Bedroom, House of Tomorrow, Century of Progress
  • Cartoon, in The Saturday Evening Post
  • First-floor plan, House of Tomorrow
  • Second-floor plan, House of Tomorrow
  • Floor plan, Design for Living House, Century of Progress
  • Living-dining room, Design for Living House, Century of Progress
  • American Modern living rooom furniture
  • Rendering of American Modern trestle shelves
  • Herman Miller Furniture Company Showroom, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Herman Miller Furniture Company Showroom, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Bookcase (No. 3448)
  • Desk (No. 3425)
  • Bookcase (No. 3432)
  • Sample wall groupings from the East India Laurel Series in Catalog and Sales Guide
  • Armchair, "American Modern" Line
  • Advertisement for Howell Company, In Home Furnishing Arts, 105
  • Lounge chair (No. 434-1)
  • Lounge Chair (No. 360-1)
  • Light lounge
  • Rendering of American Modern display
  • Rendering of American Modern secretary book case
  • A History of Modern Furniture from Prehistoric Times to the Post War Era by the Herman Miller Furniture Company, 2
  • Old Point comfort lounge chair
  • Lounge chair (No. LC-52-A)
  • Rendering of a living room with Howell Company furniture, in Home Furnishing Arts, 29
  • Armchair (No. C-35-E)
  • Cigarette Box
  • Cigarette cases
  • Diplomat Coffee Service
  • Rocking chair (No. 377)
  • Advertisement for Congoleum Rugs
  • First-floor plan, the Sherwood
  • Smartset Dining Suite
  • Dining Suite
  • Dinette (T-68-B Table, C-48-B and C-49-B Chairs)
  • Floor plan for a country house
  • Convertible dining table
  • Utility chest
  • Convertible dining table
  • Period table setting
  • Modernist table setting, in
  • Modernist table setting
  • Modernist table setting
  • Plume candlestick
  • Pristine table architecture candleholders
  • Table Architecture, Pristine Line
  • Diagram for table setting without servants
  • Pair of water goblets, club pattern (Stem no. 4020)
  • Water goblet, fern pattern (Stem no. 4020)
  • Sherbet glass, Queen Anne pattern (Stem no. 4020)
  • Sherbet glass, comet pattern (Stem no. 4020)
  • New era cocktail glass
  • Goblet, "Malmaison" Pattern
  • Advertisement for Wear-Ever aluminum
  • Kensington tablewares
  • Platter
  • Stratford Bowl
  • Advertisement for Chase Brass & Copper Company
  • Buffet server
  • Canap√© Plate
  • Wine cooler
  • Cocktail Set
  • Punch bowl with ladle (without lid)
  • Cocktail set
  • Relish rosette
  • Bun warmer
  • Tidbit trays
  • Advertisement for Chase Brass & Copper Company
  • Super Supper
  • Vanity and Ottoman
  • Floor plan for a modern house
  • Floor plan, masonite house
  • Master bedroom, Florida tropical home
  • Rendering of a bedroom with furniture by the Widdicomb Furniture Company
  • American Modern bedroom suite
  • American Modern bedroom furniture
  • American Modern bedroom furniture
  • Nursery furniture
  • Advertisement for Simmons Company
  • Advertisement for Simmons Company, back cover
  • Advertisement for Simmons Company, back cover
  • Advertisement for Simmons Company
  • Trouble in Paradise, film still
  • Rendering of a bedroom with furniture by the Widdicomb Furniture Company
  • Rendering of a bedroom with furniture by the Herman Miller Furniture Company
  • Zephyr electric clock
  • Electric clock (No. 4093)
  • Electric clock (No. 4081A)
  • Advertisement for Big Ben alarm clock
  • Big Ben alarm clock and box
  • Lady's Room, Crystal House, Century of Progress
  • Bedroom, design for Living House, Century of Progress
  • Vanity table (No. 3770)
  • Vanity table
  • Vanity table and mirror (No. 16085)
  • Vanity table (No. 171)
  • Vanity table (No. 3770) in Herman Miller Furniture Company Showroom
  • Advertisement for Hathaway's Furniture Store
  • Possessed (MGM), film still
  • Vanity table
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In 1983, the Yale University Art Gallery mounted the pioneering exhibition on 1920s American modern decorative arts, At Home in Manhattan, curated by Karen Davies, then a graduate student in the Department of the History of Art. At Home in Manhattan recovered a vibrant early world in...
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A cartoon from the mid-1930s reveals ambivalence about modernist furniture in the living room (fig. 1.1). I found the cartoon in the archives at Herman Miller, Inc., in Zeeland, Michigan. While...

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A 1936 advertisement for Congoleum Rugs—featuring a smiling couple seated at their dinner table, the husband poised to carve their main dish of ham—captures the mixture of modernist efficiency and formal traditions that appeared in many popular images of Depression-era dining rooms (fig....

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Gilbert Rohde’s vanity table and ottoman, manufactured by Herman Miller from 1933 to 1937, express many of the contradictory principles that informed livable modernist bedroom designs of the 1930s (fig. 3.1). On the one hand, the set contributes to an atmosphere of respite and retreat that many decorators and magazine writers believed the bedroom should...

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The designers and manufacturers studied in this book were the first in the United States to attempt to cultivate a broad, middle-class consumer audience for modernist design. To do so, they actively negotiated between functionalist, socially progressive ideals, which had defined such European modernist schools as the Bauhaus and the...

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