Leo Jiranek design
Leo Jiranek design
Furniture--Drawings; Furniture designers; Furniture industry and trade--Massachusetts--Gardner; Heywood-Wakefield Company
A design drawing for a chest of drawers by noted furniture designer Leo Jiranek. Leo Jiranek was considered by some to be the "Dean of Furniture Designers," and was one of the Industry's first, and completely unrepentant freelancers, who enjoyed 67 years working for such companies as Thomasville, Ethan Allen, Kroehler, Heywood-Wakefield Company, The Lane Co., Bassett, Broyhill and Garrison. He founded, wrote the constitution, and served as first president of the American Designers Institute (now Industrial Designers Society of America). In the 1960's, he founded and was president of the Jiranek School of Furniture Design and Technology in NYC that closed in the early 1980's. Leo Jiranek was one of the designers that helped Heywood-Wakefield produce its "Modern" furniture line from 1930's to the 1960's. This line featured blond, bubbly birch furniture with names such as "Sculptura", "Crescendo", "Kohinoor" that evoke the aesthetics, beauty and creativity that came to typify the line. Whether this design was used by Heywood-Wakefield Company for their Modern furniture line is not known.
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Is part of the W. Joseph Carr Collection, LaChance Library, Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner, Massachusetts, http://www.mwcc.edu/Html/Library/index.html. For further information, see the Greater Gardner Furniture History Documentary Project website, http://www.mwcc.edu/gardnerfurniture/default.html.
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