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Drawing, Designs for Cookware and Kitchen Utensils, 1985–86

This is a Drawing. It was designed by Ward Bennett. It is dated 1985–86 and we acquired it in 2010. Its medium is pen and black ink on typewriter paper, mounted on gray wove paper with tape. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

This drawing by Ward Bennett shows the American designer’s mind at work for objects in a variety of media during the initial stages of creation. In this drawing, Bennett has conceived an ambitious range of objects including cookware, kitchen utensils, and glassware. Although many of the projects illustrated on this sheet were probably unrealized, the objects share Bennett’s aesthetic of simple geometries noted in other examples of his work in the museum’s collection.
This sheet, in conjunction with other preparatory sheets by Bennett in the museum’s collection, allows us to more fully understand how he approached the act of designing. Bennett’s drawings complement other major Cooper-Hewitt holdings like those of Donald Deskey, Henry Dreyfuss, and Gerald Gulotta, all of which document the history of American 20th-century industrial design.

This object was featured in our Object of the Day series in a post titled Ward Bennett's approach to designing.

This object was donated by David McCorkle and Ernest Hood and catalogued by Karin Zonis. It is credited Gift of David McCorkle and Ernest Hood.

Our curators have highlighted 14 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Casserole, 1960
  • enameled cast iron, teak.
  • Promised gift of George R. Kravis II.
  • 7065.77.2015

Its dimensions are

59.9 x 17.2 cm (23 9/16 x 6 3/4 in.)

It is inscribed

Inscribed in black ink, text identifying pictured objects

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Drawing, Designs for Cookware and Kitchen Utensils, 1985–86; Designed by Ward Bennett (American, 1917–2003); USA; pen and black ink on typewriter paper, mounted on gray wove paper with tape; 59.9 x 17.2 cm (23 9/16 x 6 3/4 in.); Gift of David McCorkle and Ernest Hood; 2010-32-1

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