Here’s I think, the last of the rich vein of design related news from that stash of drawings I found last month. There are a set of product designs, most, seemingly related to specific projects, one looks simply like a design exercise. They’re all drawn in a distinctly 1940s vibe; but a few are clearly beginning to head out of the older streamlined vocabulary.
This is still deeply under the influence of Art Deco or Moderne, or Streamlined design. The style makes sense as the object is modern technology, albeit domestic. It’s just a fun composition as well: the chrome and black plastic are shiny, the background glossy yellow, the option for linen, apparent.
The next four images are furniture for hospitality. There’s this one bench that’s particularly labeled for the restaurant powder room for the 30th St. Station in Philadelphia. Who designs a bench for a train station powder room today, let alone one as cool as this, with such a sinuous seat?
The table has the most period specific look of the furniture with its horizontal banded pedestal, domed foot, and glass top.
These last 2 don’t seem to fit into the above categories, and appear later, style-wise than the others. Perhaps they were related to Jack Colgan’s work at his own firm. The commode in particular seems suited for a residence, rather than a commercial interior.