The Design Arts Gallery is temporarily closed for reinstallation.
The design arts collection consists of some 7,000 objects spanning from the sixteenth century to the present. It encompasses a broad range of media, including furniture, glass, ceramics, metalwork, jewelry, and product design. Eighteenth and nineteenth-century furniture is featured in one of the American Art galleries on the second floor of the museum. Selected examples of American glass, ceramics, and metalwork are also intermixed galleries with related paintings and sculpture. The collection includes:
- Frank Gehry, Bubbles Chaise Lounge from the Experimental Edge Series, New City Editions USA, designed in 1979, produced in 1986. Constructed of thick, undulating pieces of cardboard topped with layers of cut and shaved cardboard that form a highly textural surface, the Bubbles chaise is Gehry’s most significant furniture design.
- Gaetano Pesce, UP3 Lounge Chair, C&B Italia, produced in 1969. Bearing its original stretch fabric skin over a polyurethane form, the UP3 lounge chair uses innovative materials of the era to respond to the Sexual Revolution of the 1960s.
- Hans J. Wegner, The Round Armchair, MM Mobler, produced in 1949. Displaying the superior Scandinavian craftsmanship of the immediate post-war period, this wooden armchair with caned seat exemplifies the warmer side of Modernism.