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Updated: 03/12/2014 11:22:03AM

Think about the power of design at The Wolfsonian or at home

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By KIM COOL

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One man’s collection of more than 70,000 pieces of furniture, rare books, paintings, prints and other design objects from all over the world circa 1885-1945 formed the basis of the Wolfsonian-Florida International Museum in South Beach, the southernmost point of Miami Beach.

Michael Wolfson was the collector and the objects of his affection comprised decorative and even propaganda art of the period, which, by 1986, became the foundation of the museum bearing his name. He collected items that told the story of the time period in which they were created. The collection seems especially relevant to the art deco designed buildings so prominent in the South Beach area and even in the Greater Miami Beach area that blossomed in the early to middle 20th century.

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