February 13, 2017

Form Follows Function

February 13, 2017 (044/365)

"Form follows function." ~ Louis Sullivan, American architect

Every time I visit the Milwaukee Art Museum, I stop to by the decorative arts collection to gaze longingly at these beauties. The collection of Walter Dorwin Teague's Art Deco Kodak cameras includes five Beau Brownies (one in each color), a No. 1A Gift Camera (background), and this gorgeous Bantam Special.  As a student of architecture and design, Teague subscribed to the tenet that form follows function; yet, he was determined to created modern heirlooms out of practical, machine-made objects. These cameras are works of art to create works of art - a photographer/collector's dream!