enamel paint on wood
30" x 44" x 18"
Long, low and sleek, this razor-edged, chrome-handled, three-drawer chest provides the catalyst for exploring the parallels of furniture and automotive design in the 1950s. A montage of actual dream-car prototypes, period renderings and my own designs delineate aesthetic considerations similar to those of other areas of applied art of the time.
The chest embodies general design elements that compare to period automotive styling: the floating case relates to the floating hood on some car models; the sides of the case end in blade edges, mimicking the sharp-edged styling in vogue in Detroit; and the angles of the piece, the recesses behind the handles, and the sharply tapered legs seem to be influenced by the futuristic space-age projections suggested in these dream car images.