Much of Gehry’s work falls within the style of Deconstructivism, which is often referred to as post-structuralist in nature for its ability to go beyond current modalities of structural definition. In architecture, its application tends to depart from modernism in its inherent criticism of culturally inherited givens such as societal goals and functional necessity. Because of this, unlike early modernist structures, Deconstructivist structures are not required to reflect specific social or universal ideas, such as speed or universality of form, and they do not reflect a belief that form follows function.
An interior designing project that defines Gehry’s design philosophy was the Conde Nastcafeteria of New York City, completed in 2000. Every seat in this 260 seater cafeteria is individually sculpted, and an island in the center of the space is surrounded by individually designed glass curtains. Such a design vocabulary is possible only as a result of a high degree of technical research by the Gehry design team, which has become a hallmark of Gehry and Associates.