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Drawing - Sketch for Flower Kitchen
  • Sketch for Flower Kitchen
    Prizeman, John, born 1930 - died 1992
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Sketch for Flower Kitchen

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    12/12/1972 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Prizeman, John, born 1930 - died 1992 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Felt tip pen on tracing paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the artist

  • Museum number:

    E.1142-1979

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case EDUC, shelf 10B

This sketch shows the first ideas for an extraordinary kitchen designed by the British architect John Prizeman in 1972. The kitchen detaches itself from the house and moves around the garden on rails. Shaped like a flower, it rotates on its axis and its windows open like petals as it follows the sun. Prizeman’s clever choice of drawing materials helps to convey this narrative. The smooth tracing paper becomes the garden and the kitchen whizzes across the surface as effortlessly as his felt-tip pen. The flower kitchen reflects both the ‘flower power’ culture of the period and the decorative style of early Victorian conservatories. A kitchen based on this design was manufactured as a one-off project by the American company Westinghouse Domestic Appliances.

Physical description

Drawing in felt-tip pen on tracing paper with three views of a dome-shaped outdoor kitchen with petal-shaped windows. Inscribed with captions and dimensions. Title, signature and date inscribed at bottom right.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

12/12/1972 (made)

Artist/maker

Prizeman, John, born 1930 - died 1992 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Felt tip pen on tracing paper

Marks and inscriptions

SKETCH FOR/ FLOWER/ KITCHEN/ 12th December 1972/ J B Prizeman.
Bottom right; Handwriting; Prizeman

Dimensions

Height: 42 cm, Width: 59.3 cm

Object history note

John Prizeman designed this kitchen in conjunction with Westinghouse Domestic Appliances. The design was inspired by early Victorian decorative conservatories. The kitchen was a mobile unit which could detach itself from the house and travel about the garden on rails, revolving on its axis and opening its 'petals' to make best use of the sun. An example of the kitchen was manufactured for a client.

Descriptive line

Design drawing in felt-tip pen for a mobile kitchen in the shape of a flower, by John Prizeman in conjunction with Westinghouse Domestic Appliances, 1972.

Labels and date

This sketch shows an extraordinary kitchen designed by the architect John Prizeman in 1972. The kitchen detaches itself from the house and moves around the garden on rails. Shaped like a flower, its windows open like petals as it follows the sun. The flower kitchen reflects both the 'flower power' culture of the period and the early Victorian conservatories. A kitchen based on this design was later manufactured as a one-off project. [2005]

Materials

Tracing paper; Felt tip pen

Techniques

Drawing

Subjects depicted

Kitchen; Architecture; Summer; Conservatories; Barbecue grills

Categories

Gardens & Gardening; Architecture; Designs

Production Type

Design

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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