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Table Lamp

Maker
Pattyn Products Company, Detroit, Michigan
Date
c.1935
Material
Aluminum, plastic, brass, and fiberglass
Made in
Detroit, Michigan, United States
Classification
Lighting, metalwork
Current Location
On View, Gallery 132
Dimensions
19 3/4 × 8 in. (50.2 × 20.3 cm)
Credit Line
Funds given by Victor Porter Smith
Rights
Public Domain
Object Number
30:2017
NOTES
This table lamp’s piston-like aluminum base and ribbed fiberglass shade look like spare machine parts. Spurred by a fascination with modern factories, designers and home furnishing manufacturers between World War I and II embraced the pure geometry and honest materiality of industrial forms. Stacked and repeated cylinders and spheres, which supplanted the earlier trend for triangular forms, epitomized American “Machine Age” design.
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