The Wolfsonian Features Norman Bel Geddes' Unique Metal Designs

April 15, 2015

I have long had an eye for some of the world’s most unique and interesting design concepts. My passion is what led me to found CA Modern Home as the premier provider of Modern Home Furniture in Miami Beach, and it’s also why I’m excited about the most recent exhibition at the Wolfsonian at FIU in Miami Beach.
Called “I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America”, the showcase will run until Sept. 24 and brings together 200 unique drawings, models, photos, and films from one of the nation’s most creative and visionary designers. These will be pulled mostly from the extensive Bel Geddes archive at the Ransom Center in New York City.
Born in 1893, Geddes was an industrial and theatrical designer whose style centered on aerodynamic and functional designs that were nonetheless aesthetic. From the 1920s well into the ‘40s, he gained increasing renown for his sleek and streamlined concepts, which were well ahead of their time.
Among Geddes’ most famous endeavors was General Motor’s “Futurama” pavilion at the 1939 New York World’s Fair, a large-scale model that was intended to depict the future of automotive and suburban infrastructure. This widely lauded project is considered to have been the first to introduce Americans to the concept of advanced transportation networks, and speaks to Geddes’ prescient design sensibility.
Norman Bel Geddes legacy has endured long after his death in 1958, helping to cultivate America’s image as a powerhouse of innovation and design. Decades later his works still merit public, academic, and artistic interest.
I am proud to have several of Geddes’ amazing metal works in my collection, including pieces that I have restored and keep at home. I truly believe they will be valuable some day, as evidenced by all the attention his imaginative designs still garner.
To see the vast selection of modern furniture and home accessories that reflect similar visionary styles, visit CA Modern Home at 1560 Lenox Ave. Suite 101 Miami Beach, Florida 33139 Monday through Saturday. Feel free to contact 800.605.1859 or email for more information.  

Jesse Brody
Jesse Brody

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