Norman Bel Geddes, Motorcar No. 9, 1932. Drawing, blueprint, rearview and model without tail fin, 1933.  © Edith Lutyens and Norman Bel Geddes Foundation. 

It offered excellent visibility through the use of curved glass for the windshield and windows. The steering wheel and single headlight were in the center. The car featured a vertical stabilizer, like an airplane. The bumpers were made of chrome. More: Source

Found in the archives: photographs from MoMA’s 1944 Norman Bel Geddes’ War Maneuver Models exhibition. 

[“Sterling silver models of tanks, jeeps, trucks, etc.” being installed for the exhibition Norman Bel Geddes’ War Maneuver Models, January 26–March 5, 1944. Photographic Archive. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York. Photographer: Herbert Gehr]

Norman Bel Geddes
Doll House for Joan
Circa 1920s

In 1921, Bel Geddes designed a brownstone dollhouse as Christmas gift for his daughter Joan. The rectangular two-story dollhouse is made chiefly of painted wood. Throughout the home, rooms are accented with wood, metal, and enamel furnishings. Moving from front to back, the rooms are laid out as follows: The first floor has an entry room that connects to the second floor with a staircase, followed by a center room and a back room. The second floor has a front room with tall windows, a center room, and a bathroom in the back.

The completed dollhouse was in the possession of the Geddes family until it was donated to the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin in 2001. [source]


“Norman Bel Geddes (1893-1958) was an industrial designer who focused on aerodynamics. His designs extended to unrealized futuristic concepts: a teardrop-shaped automobile, and an Art Deco House of Tomorrow.”By popularizing streamlining when only a few engineers were considering its functional use, he made possible the design style of the thirties.”"

Elliot Noyes Table

c. 1950’s Originally designed as an equipment stand by Noyes for I.B.M. this makes a great occasional table or phone stand. Noyes was an important presence in the field of industrial design and architecture for over 30 years. Working for The M.O.M.A., Walter Gropius, Norman Bel Geddes, Paul Rand, Charles Eames and most notably independent commissions. Despite its original intention, this is one of the few furniture designs by Noyes and is as modern today as it was 50 years ago.



I Have Seen the Future | Norman Bel Geddes Designs America

Norman Bel Geddes (1893-1958) was an innovative stage and industrial designer, futurist, and urban planner who created and promoted a dynamic vision of the future—streamlined, technocratic, and optimistic. His most notable effort was his Futurama display for the General Motors “Highways and Horizons” exhibit at the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair.