Norman Bel Geddes Database
Job 136, Simmons Company, 1928-1939
Summary: In 1928 Bel Geddes was commissioned by the Simmons Company of Chicago to create a line of modern bedroom furniture. Unlike the modernized classicism of American furniture inspired by French designers, Geddes’s steel furniture, with its right-angled lines and smooth surfaces, looked to the designers of the German Bauhaus or the Dutch DeStijl movement. For the company, Geddes not only designed individual pieces but full ensembles. Previously, Simmons only made beds and nightstands, to which Geddes added dressing tables, a highboy, and various chairs.