Drawing, Design for a Console Table, ca. 1930
This is a Drawing. It was from the office of Donald Deskey Associates and Donald Deskey. It is dated ca. 1930 and we acquired it in 1988. Its medium is graphite, green pencil on tracing paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.
Though Deskey’s radio cabinets typically hide household phonographs behind doors, this console table features the radio as decoration. An admirer of Bauhaus metal furniture, Deskey was one of the first Americans to design a line of chromium-plated steel furniture. The tubular steel echoes the radio’s material, creating a seamless chrome design highlighting new technologies.
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Its dimensions are
H x W: 32.8 × 37.3 cm (12 15/16 × 14 11/16 in.) Mat: 35.6 × 45.7 cm (14 × 18 in.)
It is inscribed
Inscribed in graphite at lower left: R.C. 134 CONSOLE REVISED Inscribed dimensions, instructions
Cite this object as
Drawing, Design for a Console Table, ca. 1930; Office of Donald Deskey Associates ; USA; graphite, green pencil on tracing paper; H x W: 32.8 × 37.3 cm (12 15/16 × 14 11/16 in.) Mat: 35.6 × 45.7 cm (14 × 18 in.); Gift of Donald Deskey; 1988-101-699
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The World of Radio.