A new wing of the Royal Ontario Museum’s Level 3 Samuel European Galleries collects furniture, glassware, ceramics and more culled from six distinct design movements that made their mark between 1910 to 1965. Curated by Robert Little, the ROM’s Mona Campbell Chair of Decorative Arts, the gallery examines everything from French Art Deco to the clean-lined mid-century style popularized in Scandinavia.
Seating by the likes of Mies van der Rohe and Frank Lloyd Wright is joined by other enduring classics that reflect how new materials and technologies facilitated a leap forward in furniture and decor production. In a few well-curated display cases, the gallery charts the recent evolution of the modern aesthetic – the next chapter of which is on display in the ROM’s daring crystal-shaped addition by Daniel Libeskind.
And with the museum’s blockbuster Chihuly exhibition of sculptural glassware installations dazzling in the downstairs gallery, this holiday break makes the perfect time to take in a double dose of design. But act fast – Chihuly closes January 8!