Drawing, "Designs for Cookware and Kitchen Utensils", 1985–86
Pen and black ink on typewriter paper, mounted on gray wove paper with tape. Gift of David McCorkle and Ernest Hood. 2010-32-1.
- Designed by Ward Bennett
What is this?
Sheet of sketches including (from left to right across rows): (top row) faceted goblet, continuous-back chair, three spoons and a fork; (second row) ladle viewed in 3/4 perspective, two knives and a knife handle; (third row) handled bowl with conical cover, circular commode, square frying pan with cover; (bottom row) watch face, square covered pot with bale and straight handle, square bowl with separate cover.
Why is this in our collection?
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... more