A weekend visit to the Yale Art Gallery -- originally to see a special exhibition of JFK photos -- revealed that their collection of 20th century decorative arts is quite stunning. Many of my favorite designers (Eva Zeisel, Henry Dreyfuss, Norman Bel Geddes, Ettore Sottsass) are represented here, and the imaginative influence of urban skylines and 1930s ocean liners is present throughout. The size of the exhibit is just right; there's plenty to see, but not so much that museum-i-tis sets in. Admission is free.
Items for the perfect art deco/modern kitchen:
From left: Corning glass "Top-of- Stoveware"
Magnalite tea kettle, Dreyfuss herb chopper
White pitcher by Eva Zeisel
Limoges "Jiffy Ware" orange and white pitcher
Cityscape vases, glassware and
Norman Bel Geddes' "Manhattan" cocktail ensemble
Black vitrolite clock by Gilbert Rohde (1933)
Blue earthenware chocolate pot by Ilonka Karasz (1934)
All photos by Michael Schonbach