The Easel

The Novelty and Excess of American Design During the Jazz Age

The Roaring Twenties was famously a period of excess. But it was also a time of design innovation. Germany’s Bauhaus, the 1925 Paris World Fair, and Holland’s De Stijl were focal points, redefining what it meant to be modern. The US contributed innovations in architecture, fashion and music. One critic observes “Despite nearly a century … no other design period speaks as directly to contemporary tastes.”