Flat Iron, Petipoint
The Petipoint iron is an excellent example of industrial design that is inspired by aircraft. In their design, Clifford Brooks Stevens and Edward P. Schreyer included slim cooling wings.
Streamlined aesthetics were applied to various household appliances, especially irons, where evocations of efficiency and speed appeared to ease a hot and often unpleasant domestic labour. The Lozenge-shaped iron features circular vents on the sides that mimic wings. The ergonomic, moulded plastic handle is etched with horizontal speed lines that echo the vents. Stevens, who was based in Milwaukee, created several designs for local manufacturers and was instrumental in forming the Society of Industrial Designers in 1944.
Google. (n.d.). Flat iron, petipoint – google arts & culture. Google. Retrieved September 23, 2021, from https://artsandculture.google.com/asset/flat-iron-petipoint/KgGd30Ba-_yq_A.
John Stuart Gordon et al., A Modern World: American Design from the Yale University Art Gallery, 19201950 (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2011), 329, no. 228.
You may also be interested in
Sinclair ZX80 microcomputer, personal computer, plastic/metal / electrical components, made by Sinclair Computer Ltd, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, 1980. Sinclair ZX80 personal computer, or home computer, is a white plastic unit encasing a single printed circuit board. A small black keypad is located on the front of the unit.
Birgit Jürgenssen works with constellations and interactions influenced by gender-specific projections, physicality, and identification. Her affiliation in the feminist-oriented group DIE DAMEN (with Evelyne Egerer, Birgit Jürgenssen, ONA B., Ingeborg Strobl, and Lawrence Weiner) aided her in placing her objects between everyday life and role play.