Henry Dreyfuss

Designing for People

By Russell A. Flinchum & Ralph O. Meyer

Subjects: Art History, New York/regional
Hardcover : 9781438491370, 368 pages, December 2022
Expected to ship: 2022-12-01

Celebrates the design work of Henry Dreyfuss and his associates that revolutionized 20th century industrial design from telephones to trains to thermostats.


Henry Dreyfuss: Designing for People reveals the work of Dreyfuss's talented, hand-picked staff and explores how together they influenced nearly a century of industrial design. With his wife as business partner, he orchestrated a firm that created some of the 20th century's most iconic designs, including the luxury 20th Century Limited train; the interior for Eisenhower's Air Force One; the Princess telephone; and John Deere's Gator utility vehicle— designs that defined an entire era's aesthetic.

This volume examines the complete history of the Dreyfuss firm. Coauthor Russell A. Flinchum worked at the firm, recorded staff and family interviews, and took possession of hundreds of documents that were being discarded. First-hand information from the firm's two surviving partners is documented only here. The book also includes an appendix featuring five rare works that Dreyfuss had privately printed to show the scope of his firm's work.

Russell A. Flinchum is Associate Professor in the College of Design at North Carolina State University. He is the author of Henry Dreyfuss, Industrial Designer: The Man in the Brown Suit and American Design. Ralph O. Meyer is a physicist and the author of Old Time Telephones!