New York has only one French Art Nouveau room, the Wisteria Room, and it has been installed at the Met for two years after being in storage for five decades. It is a great example of the vision of the Art Nouveau interior, which was perceived as a Total Work of Art, where every detail is not only integrated, but also contributes to the whole, and where nature serves as the key source of imagery. That dining room, conceived in 1910 with the Wisteria as its main theme,
comes from a fashionable house, which was situated in bis Avenue Élysée-Reclus in Paris, at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, designed by architect Lucien Hesse and built for Auguste Rateau, an engineer of progressive taste; the interior décor was done by Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer . Soon afterwards, the vogue for Art Nouveau was gone, and in 1966, the intact dining room was purchased by the Met.