Past Exhibitions
John Vassos, case designer; Alfred Weiland, mechanism designer; Selden T. Williams, mechanism designer; and RCA Manufacturing Company, Incorporated, Portable Phonograph, Model M, ca. 1935. Aluminum, chromium-plated steel, velvet, and plastic. Yale University Art Gallery, John C. Waddell Collection, B.A. 1959

American Design from the John C. Waddell Collection

  • December 13, 2011–March 11, 2012
    Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
Tuesday, December 13, 2011Sunday, March 11, 2012
This temporary installation explores how American corporations partnered with freelance industrial designers during the 1930s to create eye-catching products that would appeal to Depression-era consumers. These products frequently used innovative materials-like plastic and laboratory glass-and sleek, streamlined shapes that blended functionality with style. Some of the designers worked in relative anonymity while others became well-known advocates for the importance of good design in mass production.

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