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Object Timeline

1955

  • Work on this object began.

1975

  • Work on this object ended.

1988

  • We acquired this object.

2016

2019

Drawing, Design for Undersea Lounge: Scheme 3 Interior Perspective

This is a Drawing. It was created by Russell Heston and designed by Russell Heston and from the office of Donald Deskey Associates and Donald Deskey Associates and the design director was Donald Deskey. We acquired it in 1988. Its medium is pastel crayon on blue wove paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

In the early 20th century, steamships and ocean
liners provided tremendous inspiration for
designers who looked to the future. This design
for an undersea lounge was a collaboration with
Russell Heston, whom Donald Deskey hired when
he saw his concept for an undersea lounge. Their
design features a geodesic dome of steel and
double-glazed, tempered, and laminated glass
accessed by a pressure chamber at left. Below the
seafloor, the dome’s foundation houses mechanical
and back-of-house facilities. Heston’s use of jeweltone pastels heightens the shimmering allure of
the subaquatic environment, while his skill as a
technical draftsman impresses upon the viewer the
plausibility of such a space.

This object was donated by Donald Deskey.

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Drawing, Design for Undersea Lounge: Scheme 3 Interior Perspective; Russell Heston (American, b. 1929); USA; pastel crayon on blue wove paper; 1988-101-1507

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