Art Deco is one of the most glorious styles of skyscraper architecture. Tall vertical buildings were a perfect fit for the streamlined design that shaped the opulence and extravagance that defined the post WW-I era, with the spire of the Chrysler Building being literally the pinnacle of it.
Art Deco was about more than architecture though, and especially in interior and furniture design you’ll find many characteristic designs of this era. A good example are the bookcases and desks designed by Paul Theodore Frankl. In the 1920s, he introduced his celebrated ‘skyscraper style’ through his New York design company called Skyscraper Furniture. The cabinet below was designed around 1927 and is now part of the collection of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Luckily for us this decade has a Paul T. Frankl of its own, and her name is Jingjing Naihan Li. Based in Beijing, Naihan Li has a number of skyscraper inspired projects to her name, such as her skyscraper candles.
One of her recent series is called ‘I Am A Monument‘ which renders iconic architecture as furniture. Quoting from her Web site, “I Am A Monument originated from Naihan’s recognition of the Chinese desire for giant art installations in their homes. People want to own things that are monumental.”
Perhaps the most striking piece from these series is 1:100 scale version of the Beijing’s CCTV Building, which doubles as a wardrobe closet, storage cabinet and even a seat, as shown in the featured image above. In her own words: “The CCTV Tower, shaped like a loop of video in endless production, has been turned into a wardrobe, where the ritual of dressing and undressing can also be said to be an endless loop.” The thumbs below show what it is capable of storage-wise, also see this video.