Holabird & Root

Architects, John Holabird and John Wellborn Root designed the Research and Engineering Building of the A. O. Smith Corporation, Milwaukee to provide maximum efficiency of light, air and space. Hailed as a wonder building at it time of construction (1930-1931), the art deco structure of stone, aluminum and glass was an image of modernity. Besides hosting the research facilities for the manufacturing company, the building also housed staff offices and a showroom; Holabird and Root designed a progressive interior that included machine-like furnishings made of aluminum and steel. This sofa comes from the lobby.