Modern Metal: Functional Design for Life

Past Exhibition

Baker No29 Vase Short 1

Photo credit:  Oliver Baker (1856 – 1939, British), Art Nouveau Vase, c. 1903, pewter. Courtesy of Kirkland Museum.

2013 – From Harry Bertoia’s iconic Diamond Chair to Archibald Knox’ pewter Bomb Vase to John Rideout’s Magnalite Teakettle, modern designers working in metal created extraordinary functional objects for modern life.  Drawn from the collection of decorative art at the Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art in Denver, this exhibition looks at metal and its uses in the functional design of household items.  Included in the exhibition are works by well known designers including Peter Behrens, Marianne Brandt, Charles & Ray Eames, Hector Guimard, and Gio Ponti, among many others.  Many of these mass produced objects were used daily in the home, but now, because of their innovations and beautiful designs, have become icons of modern life in the 20th century.  This exhibition was co-curated by department of art professors Haley Bates and Eleanor Moseman with museum director Linny Frickman.