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Drawing, Design for Regulator, October 21, 1949

This is a Drawing. It was designed by Henry Dreyfuss. It is dated October 21, 1949 and we acquired it in 1997. Its medium is graphite, color pencil, brush and white gouache, black ink (inscription) on tracing paper placed over blue print paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

Numerous drawings leading up to the Honeywell Round Thermostat, completed in 1953, reveal Dreyfuss’s attention to user interaction. Some designs incorporate a clock face, giving the product an additional function.

This object was donated by Honeywell, Inc.. It is credited Gift of Honeywell, Inc..

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Its dimensions are

H x W: 21.6 x 28.3 cm (8 1/2 x 11 1/8 in.) Mat: 35.6 x 45.7 cm (14 x 18 in.)

It is inscribed

Inscribed in black gouache, upper right: DREYFUSS / DWG. NO. R161-A / DATED 10-21-49 / FOR REGULATOR

Cite this object as

Drawing, Design for Regulator, October 21, 1949; Designed by Henry Dreyfuss (American, 1904–1972); USA; graphite, color pencil, brush and white gouache, black ink (inscription) on tracing paper placed over blue print paper; H x W: 21.6 x 28.3 cm (8 1/2 x 11 1/8 in.) Mat: 35.6 x 45.7 cm (14 x 18 in.); Gift of Honeywell, Inc.; 1997-10-15

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Beautiful Users.

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