Much of the rest of the show is given over to pieces done in the last fifty years, such as chairs and tables by Paul Frankl, a giant of American design. Frankl came of age in the '20s, but a set of furniture on display here dates from the '40s. Other post-war American masters whose efforts are on view include Charles Eames, Harry Bertoia, Eero Saarinen and Florence Knoll.

The other two powerhouses of furniture, Denmark and Italy, are also well represented in the show. The Danish pieces, including Arne Jacobsen chairs, are a cross between folksy and space age, while the Italian ones, such as the Gio Ponti coffee table, are sleek and elegant, like other kinds of designs associated with that country.

The final part of the show includes pieces done by Colorado designers as well as furniture made by Colorado artists. The standout here is a conference table done by Michael McCoy, who is widely known for his Knoll International furniture.

Installation view of the art deco section in Time Travel.
Installation view of the art deco section in Time Travel.

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Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities

6901 Wadsworth Blvd.
Arvada, CO 80003

Category: Art Galleries

Region: Northwest Denver Suburbs

RedLine

2350 Arapahoe St.
Denver, CO 80205

Category: Art Galleries

Region: Downtown Denver

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Through August 28, Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Boulevard, 720-898-7200, www.arvadacenter.org.Through September 25, RedLine, 2350 Arapahoe Street, 303-296-4448, www.redlineart.org.

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There's another design show in the area that's either an antidote to Time Travel or maybe vice versa. Called Design for the Other 90%, it's a traveling show from the Cooper-Hewitt in New York, which is the national design museum of the Smithsonian Institution. Here in Denver, it's being presented at RedLine, which is kind of strange, since the show is more about technology than art (it's also way too small for the space it's been allotted). The underlying concept of the exhibit is that nearly all design is made for the developed world, which is a distinct minority of the human population.

Though many of the artists featured in Time Travel were interested in democracy through design, their target audiences were in Europe, the U.S. and Japan, and so were relatively rich. In Design for the Other 90%, the relevant people live in the underdeveloped world in Africa, Asia, Latin America and even poor parts of rich countries, like post-Katrina New Orleans.

Cooper-Hewitt curator Cynthia Smith and a board of advisors selected the pieces in the show and clearly had their hearts in the right place, but their eyes were apparently shut. Very few pieces include any consideration other than function, and little effort was made by the designers to make their work beautiful, which strikes me as the key demand of good design. A few objects here achieve this goal, but most do not. 

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I've been a great fan of art and that's why visiting museums, design houses and art places are really interesting. One of the impressive theme is the Art Deco, I really like its transcendent approach. I am glad you shared this because it's really wonderful.

 
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