George Mann Niedecken (1878-1945) was a major designer in the Prairie Style, known primarily for his collaborations with Frank Lloyd Wright to furnish residential interiors. He called himself an interior architect and created domestic environments decorated with geometric abstractions, conventionalized natural motifs, muted colors with iridescent accents, and innovative furniture ensembles.
His work is preserved at the Milwaukee Art Museum in the George Mann Niedecken Archives, containing colored presentation renderings, working drawings, and business records from the Niedecken-Walbridge Company.
The Domestic Scene reveals Niedecken as a forward-looking designer influenced by European Art Nouveau and Secessionist design as well as by the Arts and Crafts Movement. Cheryl Robertson focuses on three examples of Niedecken's commissions and an article by Niedecken himself (reprinted in this volume) to explore the evolving relationship between architect, interior designer, and client in the first quarter of the twentieth century.
This expanded second edition includes updated photography, additional color images, and an essay by John C. Eastberg that deepens our understanding of Niedecken's career by presenting his lesser-known work in the context of Milwaukee's artistic and social history. Niedecken worked also in the Colonial and Renaissance Revival modes, and these works illustrate his versatility as a designer and entrepreneur.
Softcover, 124 pages.
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