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Young Designers of 1953: the catalog

- 21 Dec 2016 -
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A while back, I asked the Forum for advice on design libraries/museums which might want a catalog from a 1953 Akron Art Institute design exhibit -- the exhibit was in conjunction with a magazine called Living for Young Homemakers and the goal was to showcase designers under 35, not yet nationally established.

A couple of people expressed interest in seeing the catalog posted on DA. I finally got it scanned, and here it is.

FYI, and for the search engines, the designers, with location and the name of his/her/their business, where given:

Brenda and Weston Anderson, Anderson Pottery, Cuyahoga Falls, OH; Douglas Bennett, Douglas Bennett Designs, Seattle, WA; Robert Crutchfield and Clark Gist, Santa Rose, CA; PJ Duenas; Robert Martin Engelbrecht, Ft Lee, NJ; Marjorie Feldstein, Paint Pot Originals, Mattapan, MA; David Gil, Cooperative Design, Bennington, VT; Nuiko Haramaki, San Francisco, CA; R.H. Hartman; Helen Frick Jones and Howard Jones, Jonz and Frick, New Orleans, LA; Elenor and Henry Kluck. Elanhank Fabrics, Chicago, IL; Archie Kaplan, New Dimensions Furniture, New York, NY; Jane and Gordon Martz, Veersburg, IN; John Lynch, New York, NY; Robert M McCartney, McCartney-Long; San Francisco, CA; Ronald Hayes Pearson, Rochester, NY; Helen Pope, St. Louis, MO, Arden Riddle, Arden Riddle Furniture Design, Copley, OH; Clyde Sparks, Mobile Makers, San Francisco, CA; Lorene Spencer, Seattle, WA; William O Steinmetz, Baltimore, MD; Gene Tepper, Tepper-Meyer, Inc., San Franciso, CA;

Arthur Umanoff, Post Modern Ltd, New York, NY; Katherine and Burton Wilson, Wilson Studios, Austin, TX; Esther and Gross Wood, Gross Wood and Co.; San Francisco, CA.

Catalog has an introduction by the Art Insitute's Director, George D. Culler, and an afterward by Design Curator Luke Lietzke.

Young Designers of 1953: the catalog


- 21 Dec 2016

page 3 ... these scans aren't looking as good as I'd hoped ...

- 21 Dec 2016

last - thanks to DA and all of you for giving me a place to share this little bit of American design history

- 22 Dec 2016

This is fantastic! Thanks for posting it here!

- 22 Dec 2016

Thanks for putting the spotlight on the work/ background on these young designers that are usually overlooked.

- 22 Dec 2016

Jesgord, Lief, Minimoma, my pleasure. I should add that there was an errata page that gave the Martzs' first names. I think that exhibit may be the source of the Martz spice jars I inherited -- my father said something about trading items with them at a show ...

- 22 Dec 2016

Thanks so much for posting this. I am familiar with a bunch of names on the list but one that I didn't know was William Steinmetz of Baltimore, where I've lived most of my adult life. I looked him up and turns out he was married to Betty Cooke, a well known jewelry designer who owns The Store, Ltd. where I've shopped many times! Small world. Great store--they have always sold beautiful art objects, housewares, jewelry and clothing.

- 22 Dec 2016

Kate Kaplan, curious to see what the correction was on the Martzs' names/ info...great that it was corrected.

There was a similar misspelled name I noticed in Girard's An Exhibition for Modern Living for the Detroit Institute of the Arts in1949. One of the designer's name was credited in the main part of the book as Roland Smith and in the index in the back it was the correct name Ronald Smith but the Girard archives and Detroit Institute of the Arts said there was no error and now every time that lamp shows up, it is credited with the misspelled first name.

You inherited something from your father that is beyond monetary value...congratulations.

- 23 Dec 2016

Spanky, that's so interesting -- I've enjoyed looking for more info on these designers - seems like Akron/Young Homemakers had a good eye.

Minimoma, thanks for your kind words. I'm a poor historian, though. I should have posted the corrections sheet with the rest of it, if only because it confirms my notion that at least some of the designers met. It also tells me that Living for Young Homemakers was edited by Edith Brazwell Evans --
sounds like such an interesting woman.

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