This serving card was designed by Wolfgang Hoffman and made by W.H. Howell Company in the 1930s. This cart is an early prototype and did not go into production, although a similar model was manufactured..
This serving cart is an example of the Art Deco style, which embraced streamlined and machine-like forms, manmade materials like steel and rubber, and bright colors. Its designer, Wolfgang Hoffman, was an adherent to the Art Deco and Bauhaus schools of design and also helped design the furniture and accessories for the Lumber Industries House for Chicago's Century of Progress Exposition of 1933. W.H. Howell Company was a large Chicago furniture company known for its practical, affordable and stylish furniture, and also one of the first to make use of a mail order catalog. Due to its proximity to resources like lumber and steel, and its place as a railroad hub Chicago had long been a center for furniture manufacturing.