Friends of Decorative Arts: The Streamlined 30s: The Birth of American Industrial Design
The decorative arts – fine furniture, jewelry, ceramics, and glass – are all around us and in the Museum. FODA expands understanding of their variety and beauty. Plus, you will make new friends at the meetings. Annual dues are $50 in addition to a minimum Dual Level Museum membership.
FODA programs are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 2 pm during season. Non-FODA members can attend for $5, plus MFA admission. Carolyn Nygren is the volunteer coordinator.
Streamlined design grew out of Art Deco at the beginning of the 1930s and dominated American design for the next two decades. Inspired by motion, speed, and efficiency, the simplified lines and rounded, wind-resistant shapes of streamlined products appealed to a wide audience of consumers.
The style appeared on cars, trains, boat, and stationary items such as appliances, in an attempt to increase sale during the Great Depression. Jim Sweeny’s lecture will explore the history of the movement and the work of many of the leading designers.