Kristina Wilson
Kristina Wilson is assistant professor of art history at Clark University. She formerly served as Marcia Brady Tucker Curatorial Fellow in American Decorative Arts at the Yale University Art Gallery.
Wilson, Kristina
Wilson, Kristina
United States of America
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Description: The Société Anonyme: Modernism for America
Among the many public programs that Katherine Dreier organized under the auspices of the Société Anonyme, none rivaled the scope and ambition of the International Exhibition of Modern Art held at the Brooklyn Museum from November 19, 1926, to January 1, 1927...
PublisherYale University Art Gallery
PublisherYale University Press
Related print edition pages: pp.75-95
Description: Livable Modernism: Interior Decorating and Design during the Great Depression
During the years of the Great Depression in America, modernist designers developed products and lifestyle concepts intended for middle-class—not elite—consumers. In this remarkable book, Kristina Wilson coins the term “livable modernism” to describe this school of design.

Livable modernism combined International Style functional efficiency and sophistication with a respect for consumers’ desires for physical and psychological comfort. Wilson offers a new view of many popular designs for living rooms, dining rooms, and bedrooms of the 1930s and investigates the remarkable marketing savvy of the furniture and decorative arts companies of the day. As the first study of the advertising and retailing of modern design during the Depression years, Livable Modernism also features an extensive array of vintage advertisements from such popular magazines as House Beautiful and Ladies’ Home Journal.

Engagingly written, Livable Modernism is an essential book for anyone interested in modern furniture and decorative arts. The author demonstrates that the work of these designers—including Russel Wright, Donald Deskey, and Gilbert Rohde—paved the way for Charles and Ray Eames and other post-World War II designers, and that the importance of their philosophies, innovations, and influence has until now been underappreciated.
Print publication date September 2004 (in print)
Print ISBN 9780300104752
EISBN 9780300232530
Illustrations 112 Illus.
Print Status in print