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Signature Collection: Picnic Flatware Dinner Knife, 1986

This is a Dinner knife. It was designed by David Tisdale and made by David Tisdale. It is dated 1986 and we acquired it in 1986. Its medium is anodized aluminum. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

American designer David Tisdale won both the American Craft Museum Design Award (1985) and the Pantone Color Award (1988) for his Picnic Flatware. Tisdale’s focus on basic geometric outlines in his rainbow-colored eating utensils highlights their elemental function rather than intricate ergonomic shapes. Tisdale gained acclaim for this flatware, although he also designs jewelry in a similar Constructivist manner — his bracelets, earrings, and brooches contain geometric shapes, straight lines, and flat areas of color.

It is credited Museum purchase from Eleanor G. Hewitt Fund.

Its dimensions are

L x W x D: 20.5 x 2.4 x 0.5 cm (8 1/16 x 15/16 x 3/16 in.)

It has the following markings

Engraved in script on the handle: "David Tisdale c. 1986"

Cite this object as

Signature Collection: Picnic Flatware Dinner Knife, 1986. anodized aluminum. Museum purchase from Eleanor G. Hewitt Fund. 1986-94-1.

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Feeding Desire: Design and the Tools of the Table, 1500-2005.

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