Drawing

Drinking/eating aid

January 1968 to December 1968 (Made)

Loewy, Raymond Fernand

Height: 40.6 cm, Width: 34.3 cm

E.3202-1980 PDP

Concept design for a NASA Stateroom in a space station

A sheet with a head of a man facing left and the liquid delivering apparatus towards his lips.

This is one of about 10,000 drawings that were produced by Loewy and his studio of six designers when he was working with on the NASA SKYLAB project. This apparatus was intended for feeding through liquid food and drinks for astronauts in anti-gravity environments. The USA's NASA (National Aeronautical and Space Administration) Skylab project during the late 1960s was the most progressive and high profile space-design programme and the styles that developed from its technological and idealistic advances were adopted widely throughout the world and were particulalry prelevant during the late 1960s and 1970s. Loewy was already a highly established designer by this point and was commissioned to work for NASA from 1967 as an habitability consultant for the Apollo Saturn Applications programme, SKYLAB, earth orbiter recuperable shuttle and in advance research and development for large space bases: experimental concepts. The rectangular forms with curved corners and the use of browns and oranges became very popular.

Bought from exhibition at private commercial gallery Historical significance: This is one of about 10,000 drawings that were produced by Loewy and his studio of six designers when he was working on the NASA SKYLAB project. He produced mainly black and white preliminary sketches and his assistants carried out the finished coloured drawings, and so it is unclear as to whether he made this drawing himself or it is by a member of the studio and signed by him as his idea. The USA's NASA (National Aeronautical and Space Administration) Skylab project during the late 1960s was the most progressive and high profile space-design programme and the styles that developed from its technological and idealistic advances were adopted widely throughout the world and were particulalry prelevant during the late 1960s and 1970s. Loewy was already a highly established designer by this point and was commissioned to work for NASA from 1967 as an habitability consultant for the Apollo Saturn Applications programme, SKYLAB, earth orbiter recuperable shuttle and in advance research and development for large space bases: experimental concepts.

Location: Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case EDUC, shelf 10, box A

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