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Drawing - Drinking/eating aid
  • Drinking/eating aid
    Loewy, Raymond Fernand, born 1893 - died 1986
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Drinking/eating aid

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    United States of America (Made)

  • Date:

    January 1968 to December 1968 (Made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Loewy, Raymond Fernand, born 1893 - died 1986 (Designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour wash and felt tip pen on card

  • Museum number:

    E.3202-1980

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is one of about 10,000 drawings that were produced by Loewy and his studio of six designers when he was working with on the NASA SKYLAB project. This apparatus was intended for feeding through liquid food and drinks for astronauts in anti-gravity environments. The USA's NASA (National Aeronautical and Space Administration) Skylab project during the late 1960s was the most progressive and high profile space-design programme and the styles that developed from its technological and idealistic advances were adopted widely throughout the world and were particulalry prelevant during the late 1960s and 1970s. Loewy was already a highly established designer by this point and was commissioned to work for NASA from 1967 as an habitability consultant for the Apollo Saturn Applications programme, SKYLAB, earth orbiter recuperable shuttle and in advance research and development for large space bases: experimental concepts. The rectangular forms with curved corners and the use of browns and oranges became very popular.

Physical description

A sheet with a head of a man facing left and the liquid delivering apparatus towards his lips.

Place of Origin

United States of America (Made)

Date

January 1968 to December 1968 (Made)

Artist/maker

Loewy, Raymond Fernand, born 1893 - died 1986 (Designer)

Materials and Techniques

Colour wash and felt tip pen on card

Marks and inscriptions

Front: Signed in ink with artist's monogram and dated: RL 68. Annotated: Button ejects mouthpiece.

On back inscribed in pencil: 9LR, and stamped: NASA HQ [National Aeronautical and Space Administration Head Quarters] and Saturn Five Space Station Habitability Study. Raymond Loewy/William Snaith Inc., and numbered: 82

Dimensions

Height: 40.6 cm, Width: 34.3 cm

Object history note

Bought from exhibition at private commercial gallery

Historical significance: This is one of about 10,000 drawings that were produced by Loewy and his studio of six designers when he was working on the NASA SKYLAB project. He produced mainly black and white preliminary sketches and his assistants carried out the finished coloured drawings, and so it is unclear as to whether he made this drawing himself or it is by a member of the studio and signed by him as his idea. The USA's NASA (National Aeronautical and Space Administration) Skylab project during the late 1960s was the most progressive and high profile space-design programme and the styles that developed from its technological and idealistic advances were adopted widely throughout the world and were particulalry prelevant during the late 1960s and 1970s. Loewy was already a highly established designer by this point and was commissioned to work for NASA from 1967 as an habitability consultant for the Apollo Saturn Applications programme, SKYLAB, earth orbiter recuperable shuttle and in advance research and development for large space bases: experimental concepts.

Descriptive line

Concept design for a NASA Stateroom in a space station

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

David Crowley and Jane Pavitt eds.
Cold War Modern: Design 1945-1970. V&A Publishing, 2008. 319p.:ill. ISBN:9781851775439

Production Note

While these are signed by Loewy he says in correspondence that most of the coloured drawings were by his studio

Reason For Production: Commission

Subjects depicted

Appropriate technology; Tools and Equipment

Categories

Designs; Drawings; Science; Designs; Drawings; Drinking; Eating

Production Type

Design

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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