What similarities are there between the art deco and modernism movement? My chosen object is a chair designed by Denham Maclaren shown in the v&a website. I want to know what similarties there are between the two art movements. I need to know key characteristics around the 1930s because thats when the chair was designed.

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I can think of two very specific ways in which the literary tenets of Modernism appeared in visual art of the 30s.

Modernists argued for multiple ways of looking at the world. Your chair probably challenges the "chair-ness" of the traditional concept of chairs in some way.

Modernists held that no thing or person was born for a specific use. A chair may be shaped as a chair in some way, but its usefulness need not be limited to providing a seat. Its purpose may simply be art, or it may be both art and a seat. Functionality was not the ultimate goal.

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