Donald Deskey


The entire interior of Radio City Music Hall in New York’s Rockefeller Center was designed under the direction of New Yorker Donald Deskey. Deskey demonstrated his technical expertise in many different works. For a smoking room he created a wallpaper pattern on aluminum foil paper with the telling title ‘Nicorine’, and he also designed carpets and metal tables with Bakelite tops and anodized, matted or polished aluminum mounted on a flat Bakelite top. The lampshades were either made of cloth or parchment. These works belong more to the somewhat pale average style of the late 1930s than to the highlights of Art Deco.

Source: Alastair Duncan, Lampen Lüster Leuchter, Jugendstil Art Déco, Prestel-Verlag, München 1979, p. 166.

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