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Events December 2018


Design Talk: Making America Modern

December 4, 2018

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and the Art Deco Society of New York will host an evening with design historian Marilyn Friedman exploring her recent publication Making America Modern: Interior Design in the 1930s. Through archival images and detailed descriptions, Friedman examines the development of Modernism in interior design in the U.S. by highlighting the work of 50 prominent designers and architects including Donald Deskey (1894-1989), Gilbert Rohde (1894-1944), Joseph Urban (1872-1933), Eleanor LeMaire (1928-1970), and Kem Weber (1889-1963). The book draws attention to the breadth of design during this period, the focus on a practical simplicity, and how this body of work impacts America today. A reception and book signing will follow. 

Marilyn Friedman is a design historian whose work focuses on the development and popularization of Modern design across America during the 1920s and 1930s. Born and educated in New York, Friedman studied design history at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, which led to her first publication, Selling Good Design: Promoting the Early Modern Interior (Rizzoli, 2003).

Tuesday December 4, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
2 East 91st Street
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