Thursday, June 12, 2008
Design Love: patent illustrations
In some of my wanderings through the interwebs lately, I've been soaking up some random trivia. You know how it is: you start by looking up one thing, which leads you to another and another....
For example, while looking at outdoor furniture, I learned that my beloved 1940's-ish metal porch glider was made by the Atlanta Stove Works Company. (Makes a weird kind of sense since I'm in Atlanta.) Which lead me to a search for info on Atlanta Stove Works (no longer around), which lead me to THIS fascinating site.
They have patent illustrations available for purchase, and pretty affordable at that. I think that a framed grouping of the illustrations could look fantastic in the right setting.
In the Farm and Garden section, under Porch and Patio there's a wealth of interesting illustrations. Here's more or less my glider (patent actually from 1954!):
Here's another glider with what looks to me like an interesting, abstracted wheat sheaf detail:
And there are some definite Art Deco influences in this glider and chair. I love the streamline arm style on the glider:
Much more can be found on the Patent Place USA website, including some patent illustrations by Eames and Loewy. Happy hunting.