Almost every era has defining design. The current exhibition at MoMA, “How Should We Live?” curated by Juliet Kinchin, explores the complex collaborations, materials and processes that have shaped the Modernist interior, with a focus on specific environments—domestic interiors, recreated exhibition displays and retail spaces—from the 1920s to the 1950s. It’s a joy to wander through the environments.
I’ve long been fond of Streamline Modernism—the marriage of speed, kinetics, machines and the Avant Garde that manifests in trains, boats, planes and cars. Consider The Twentieth Century Limited, the legendary train with locomotive that Henry Dreyfuss so brilliantly branded. When I hear the word Streamline, I get happy.
Below is a random selection of things streamlined that I like to look at and/or feel and hold. Maybe they’ll make you happy to behold.
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