Henry Dreyfuss

Designing for People

By Russell A. Flinchum & Ralph O. Meyer

Subjects: Art History, New York/regional
Hardcover : 9781438491370, 362 pages, December 2022

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Table of contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction

PART I. ORIGINS OF THE FIRM

1. The Education of Henry Dreyfuss

2. Doris Marks, Borough President’s Daughter

3. Launching the Firm

PART II. THE PATH TO RECOGNITION

4. Stepping Stones to Success

5. The Famous Train, 20th Century Limited

6. American Export Lines

7. Lockheed Aircraft and Air Force One

8. Promotional Activities

PART III. THE ENSEMBLE BECOMES AN ORCHESTRA

9. Bell Telephone System

10. John Deere

11. Minneapolis-Honeywell Regulator Company

12. Crane Company

13. Anthropometrics

PART IV. REORGANIZATION AND EVENTUAL DISSOLUTION

14. Expanding Business

15. Reorganization

16. After Dreyfuss Left

APPENDIX. DESIGN HIGHLIGHTS CHOSEN BY DREYFUSS

10 Years of Industrial Design 1929–1939

A Record of Industrial Designs 1929 through 1946

Industrial Design, A Progress Report, 1929–1952

Industrial Design, A Pictorial Accounting, 1929–1957

Industrial Design Volume 5

References
Index
About the Authors

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

Description

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. Firsthand 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!