Friday, April 20, 2012

Mid Century Industrial Design

Much is said about the industrial design expertise in place at Apple Inc. iPods and iThis and iThat. Fine. But industrial design really flourished in the 1950s. Have a look at these pictures and tell me they're not beautiful examples of design. It doesn't really matter what the product is - today it's all about design.

Looks like a stool with the business end of a shoehorn stuck on the back.

I'm not the guy to be giving a class on industrial design, so anything I add will only be opinion. Today it's mostly show and no tell.

If you want to see more photos like these do a Google search for industrial design and click on images.

An early example of the console television.

Some of you probably know the names of the designers and manufacturers of every one of these pieces.

Nice dress, nice gloves, nice tux, nice Caddy.

Ozzie and Harriet's living room?

Cool for a variety of reasons.

I'm thinking '58 Cadillac.

Cool store marquee.

Scooters were huge in the 50s and this style is still beautiful.

Even a fan looks cool when it's 55 years old.

A 1950s Ericson phone. I have one in green.

Eye chart for chair geeks.

It projects light and it's an Argus - so it's cool.

I'm thinking '56 Dodge.

Truth be told, I'm overwhelmed with other things and this was an easy posting. I'll try and put more time and thought into future posts.

We'll be right back with . . . more stuff.


  1. Now that's a lot of cool really cool stuff! I really dig the kitchen and the pic of the man and woman all dressed up going out in the Caddy, I miss the good old days. Oh the 56 dodge is a 56 Lincoln Premiere.

  2. I love that vintage console TV and the Ericson phone.