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Drawing, Suggested Decorations for Implement Handles, for the Washburn Company, June 28, 1935

This is a Drawing. It was designed by Henry Dreyfuss and manufactured by Washburn Company, Worcester, Massachusetts. It is dated June 28, 1935 and we acquired it in 2000. Its medium is graphite, yellow, red crayon on tracing paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

In 1934 industrial designer Henry Dreyfuss was hired by the Washburn Company to redesign its range of kitchen tools. His design drawing and the final results [04] show that objects sometimes regarded as banal could rise to a level of visual distinction. Using a vocabulary of pure, geometric shapes and bright colors Dreyfuss combined functionality and a modern aesthetic to reinvent a category of utilitarian gadgets for the home.

This object was donated by Industrial Designers Society of America and catalogued by Karin Zonis. It is credited Gift of Industrial Designers Society of America.

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 35.9 x 29.2cm (14 1/8 x 11 1/2in.) Mount: 36.7 × 30.5 cm (14 7/16 in. × 12 in.) Mat: 55.9 × 40.6 cm (22 × 16 in.)

It has the following markings

Stamped in black ink, lower right: HENRY DREYFUSS,- DESIGNER/501 MADISON AVENUE/NEW YORK - PLAZA 3-8030; lower left: DRAWING NO./DATE

It is inscribed

Inscribed in graphite, beneath handles, starting on left: numbers 1 through 4; center right: ALTERNATE:/TRY RUNNING/COLOR UP TO/MEET FERRULE (with arrow pointing to handle at right); lower left with drawing no:159; dated lower left/6-28-35; lower center: SUGGESTED DECORATIONS FOR HANDLES

Cite this object as

Drawing, Suggested Decorations for Implement Handles, for the Washburn Company, June 28, 1935; Designed by Henry Dreyfuss (American, 1904–1972); USA; graphite, yellow, red crayon on tracing paper; H x W x D: 35.9 x 29.2cm (14 1/8 x 11 1/2in.) Mount: 36.7 × 30.5 cm (14 7/16 in. × 12 in.) Mat: 55.9 × 40.6 cm (22 × 16 in.); Gift of Industrial Designers Society of America; 2000-11-7

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Energizing the Everyday: Gifts From the George R. Kravis II Collection.

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