April 25–August 25, 2019
The Wolfsonian–FIU @ 1001 Washington Avenue
Deco Designs highlighted decorative compositions from leading artists and designers working in Paris in the 1920s. Featuring vibrantly colorful and complex patterns, this library installation illustrated a variety of influences and individual styles and showed how Deco borrowed from exotic and ancient cultures, contemporaneous avant-garde movements, and modern technologies. Produced using the pochoir technique, a refined and labor-intensive stenciling process, the handmade prints displayed epitomized the opulence of the era. Compiled in luxury portfolios and marketed to collectors, design studios, and artists, they inspired designs for interior decoration and helped spread the spirit of Art Deco.
The Wolfsonian’s library installations are generously sponsored by Henry S. Hacker. Deco Designs was presented concurrently with the museum's major exhibition Deco: Luxury to Mass Market.