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Design for Penguin Donkey

ca. 1939 (made)
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Design for Penguin Donkey bookcase, Egon Riss for Isokon Furniture Company, pencil and coloured pencil on paper, London, ca. 1939
  • Backing paper height: 64.8cm
  • Backing paper width: 77.1cm
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Egon Riss and Jack Pritchard (1899-1992) Design for the Penguin Donkey bookcase British, 1939 Pen, pencil and coloured pencil Riss was a distinguished Viennese architect who fled to Britain in the late 1930s. As he did for many others, Jack Prichard helped him by providing work and accomodation in the Lawn Road Flats. The Donkey was designed as a bookcase to hold Penguin paperback books and a free advertising campaign was arranged with the publishers. The donkey was to be made of plywood by Pritchard's firm, Isokon. Unfortunately production had to be postponed because the outbreak of war prevented supplies of plywood reaching Britain from Estonia.
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record createdJune 30, 2009
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