The session on American Modernism in the program Collecting Design this morning brought to light the work of German and Austrian émigrés, who put the foundation for American modern design during the 20s. In 1927, they established the American Designers' Gallery, as a connecting vehicle between industrialists and designers, similar to the German Werkbund. At the Gallery, ten designers installed complete room settings and many others displayed groups of objects. Donald Deskey's Man's Smoking Room received enormous acclaim. His furnishings embodied the modern: the lines were horizontal and forms were geometrical and rhythmic; they were produced of newly inexpensive material that would soon enable modern design to be more accessible.