One chest of drawers was labelled as having a design influenced by skyscrapers, but my parents and I thought that another fairly obvious influence was Japanese step tansu (the chests that double as stairs). Some of the housewares looked pretty unusable (one silver tea set only had a tapered end to each piece with ridges instead of a handle, so you'd have to pick it up with your fingers against the sides of the pot...not something I'd like to do with a metal teapot filled with hot liquid), but others were nice. I especially liked the deco book bindings they had on display. It's kind of too bad that flimsy paperback covers have taken over the planet. There was a very nice table too, with an elegant tapered base.
My parents were really impressed with a couple of dresses on display, one of which was by the designer who invented the bias cut (the signs explained it, but I still don't understand). One was entirely beaded, with a trompe l'oeil effect to make it looks like it twisted around the legs. Very pretty, but it probably weighed something like 30 pounds. One male passerby summed them up: "It's a good thing they had all those size 2 women around to wear these things".
The exhibit came to an end with a Cord Phaeton convertible in beautiful condition. Sweet looking ride. Maybe I'll get one when I'm a gajillionaire. I caught the art deco car show they had around the opening of the show a month or so ago. That was loads of fun: Cords, Pierce-Arrows, Peerlesses, etc. Beautiful stuff. They made me sorry to go back into town and be surrounded by boring-as-shit Hondas and Volvos. I love the PT Cruiser, because its design goes back to classic cars: I hope it's a sign that there's a resurgence in interest in classy lines, and an understanding that there's no real reason to make every car look the same.
At the gift shop I got a T-shirt, and my folks picked up a pack of classic cars flashcards. Did you know that the Duesenberg was the origin of the phrase "It's a doozy"?