Westnofa Workshop (Norwegian). Balans Maskuli and Balans Femini, c. 1984. Wood, steel, foam, and upholstery. Gift of Design Quest (c/o Jorgen T. Sorensen), 1985.7.4 and 1985.7.5

Eugene Masselink (American, 1910–1962). Eight-Fold Screen, 1956. Stained walnut with paint and gilt. Museum Purchase, 2006.28

Modern Design at GRAM: 20th Century Furniture

February 23, 2016 – September 4, 2016

The 20th century saw tremendous change in furniture design and production. Once dark, heavy, and highly ornamental, household furniture became simpler and more practical, with a focus on meeting the needs of the average American. After World War II, technological innovations modernized furniture manufacturing and enabled mass production and distribution. 20th century designers pushed the limits of these new technologies, discovering new manufacturing processes and utilizing new materials such as molded plywood, plastic, and laminate. Modern furniture designs continue to capture our interest, which in addition to being functional and affordable, have come to be viewed as works of art in their own right. Discover GRAM’s incredible modern furniture collection and view the iconic designs of Charles and Ray Eames, Sol LeWitt, Frank Ghery, Marcel Breuer, and more in Modern Design at GRAM: 20th Century Furniture.