Last of the Neighbor’s Trash

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.

My favorite from a graphic standpoint is the iron.
iron drawing

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?
Powder Room Bench

The 5/8-round bar stool has an upholstered seat in leather(?) with exposed nail heads.
Bar Stool Design

The side chair has a clean, boxy back.
side chair

The table has the most period specific look of the furniture with its horizontal banded pedestal, domed foot, and glass top.

Oops, I forgot about the groovy speckled armchair and the geometric veneer and white lacquer commode… uh there they are!
arm chair


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.

-David Calligeros 

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