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Charak Furniture Company Master Chart: Case Pieces

Office of:
Donald Deskey Associates, New York, New York, USA  Search this
Client:
Charak Furniture Company  Search this
Medium:
Graphite on tracing paper
Dimensions:
28.9 × 101.6 cm (11 3/8 in. × 40 in.)
Type:
furniture
Drawing
Object Name:
Drawing
Made in:
New York, NY, USA
Date:
1957–1958
Credit Line:
Gift of Donald Deskey
Accession Number:
1988-101-2008
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq4de9f3284-09e0-41fa-8161-9608676cf81b
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1988-101-2008
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Charak Furniture Company Master Chart: Seating, Hardware, and Tables

Office of:
Donald Deskey Associates, New York, New York, USA  Search this
Client:
Charak Furniture Company  Search this
Medium:
Graphite on tracing paper
Dimensions:
86.7 × 101.6 cm (34 1/8 in. × 40 in.)
Type:
furniture
Drawing
Object Name:
Drawing
Made in:
New York, NY, USA
Date:
1957–1958
Credit Line:
Gift of Donald Deskey
Accession Number:
1988-101-2009
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq492ae8f16-c02e-4718-a3b0-fff6023eda76
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1988-101-2009
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Announcement of new Charak showrooms at the Decorators' Mart, New York City

For:
Charak Furniture Company  Search this
Object Name:
Poster
Type:
Poster
Made in:
USA
Credit Line:
Gift of E. Paul Charak
Accession Number:
1987-1-2
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq42571fefe-1ed8-4151-b459-751927ce44f5
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1987-1-2

Design for Table Leg

Office of:
Donald Deskey Associates, New York, New York, USA  Search this
Client:
Charak Furniture Company  Search this
Medium:
Graphite on tracing paper
Dimensions:
58.9 x 24.3 cm (23 3/16 x 9 9/16 in.)
Type:
furniture
Drawing
Object Name:
Drawing
Made in:
New York, NY, USA
Date:
1958
Credit Line:
Gift of E. Paul Charak
Accession Number:
1987-1-3
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq4def9164a-0193-4be9-b4ff-472d202f23de
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1987-1-3
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Design for Breakfront

Office of:
Donald Deskey Associates, New York, New York, USA  Search this
Client:
Charak Furniture Company  Search this
Medium:
Graphite, red pencil on tracing paper
Dimensions:
30.8 x 29.2 cm (12 1/8 x 11 1/2 in.)
Type:
furniture
Drawing
Object Name:
Drawing
Made in:
New York, NY, USA
Date:
September 1958
Credit Line:
Gift of E. Paul Charak
Accession Number:
1987-1-15
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq4680ff2bf-d29c-4aa4-a22e-c8bdd22aed44
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1987-1-15
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Design for Twin Headboard

Office of:
Donald Deskey Associates, New York, New York, USA  Search this
Client:
Charak Furniture Company  Search this
Draftsman:
Neagle  Search this
Medium:
Graphite on tracing paper
Dimensions:
56.2 × 87 cm (22 1/8 × 34 1/4 in.)
Type:
furniture
Drawing
Object Name:
Drawing
Made in:
New York, NY, USA
Date:
December 11, 1957
Credit Line:
Gift of Donald Deskey
Accession Number:
1988-101-1999
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq45518a12e-55d0-48f1-8023-17825d75ee12
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1988-101-1999
Online Media:

Design for Duo Headboard

Office of:
Donald Deskey Associates, New York, New York, USA  Search this
Client:
Charak Furniture Company  Search this
Draftsman:
Neagle  Search this
Medium:
Graphite on tracing paper
Dimensions:
55.9 × 87.6 cm (22 in. × 34 1/2 in.)
Type:
furniture
Drawing
Object Name:
Drawing
Made in:
New York, NY, USA
Date:
December 10, 1957
Credit Line:
Gift of Donald Deskey
Accession Number:
1988-101-1998
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq42582bcd8-6bfa-416c-9e02-6e9ca6fc14dd
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1988-101-1998
Online Media:

Design for Tabletop, Revised

Office of:
Donald Deskey Associates, New York, New York, USA  Search this
Client:
Charak Furniture Company  Search this
Draftsman:
Rimer  Search this
Medium:
Graphite on tracing paper
Dimensions:
80.6 × 91.8 cm (31 3/4 × 36 1/8 in.)
Type:
furniture
Drawing
Object Name:
Drawing
Made in:
New York, NY, USA
Date:
February 28, 1958
Credit Line:
Gift of Donald Deskey
Accession Number:
1988-101-2001
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq446dcfea8-11fe-4dd6-a840-71f1ffce2ffb
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1988-101-2001
Online Media:

Design for Large Dining Table

Office of:
Donald Deskey Associates, New York, New York, USA  Search this
Client:
Charak Furniture Company  Search this
Draftsman:
Rimer  Search this
Medium:
Graphite on tracing paper
Dimensions:
71.1 × 104.1 cm (28 × 41 in.)
Type:
furniture
Drawing
Object Name:
Drawing
Made in:
New York, NY, USA
Date:
March 14, 1958
Credit Line:
Gift of Donald Deskey
Accession Number:
1988-101-1995
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq453dd49a9-89ff-40ac-941d-a73424af4cba
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1988-101-1995
Online Media:

Design for Desk

Office of:
Donald Deskey Associates, New York, New York, USA  Search this
Client:
Charak Furniture Company  Search this
Draftsman:
Neagle  Search this
Medium:
Graphite on tracing paper
Dimensions:
55.9 × 87 cm (22 in. × 34 1/4 in.)
Type:
furniture
Drawing
Object Name:
Drawing
Made in:
New York, NY, USA
Date:
December 23, 1957
Credit Line:
Gift of Donald Deskey
Accession Number:
1988-101-2000
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq48b79d8a3-4a68-454f-88d4-d4c98e64ffa2
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1988-101-2000
Online Media:

Handles

Designer:
Donald Deskey, (American, 1894–1989)  Search this
Firm:
Donald Deskey Associates, New York, New York, USA  Search this
For:
Charak Furniture Company  Search this
Client:
Charak Furniture Company  Search this
Medium:
aluminum
Dimensions:
2.7 x 13.5 x 2.3 cm (1 1/16 x 5 5/16 x 7/8 in.)
Type:
metalwork
Decorative Arts
Handles
Made in:
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Date:
ca. 1958
Credit Line:
Gift of E. Paul Charak
Accession Number:
1987-1-1-a/d
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Product Design and Decorative Arts Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq4f42f816d-7f78-44b9-89c1-8b63612ddcae
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1987-1-1-a_d
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Design for Executive Desk Table and Side Storage Unit

Office of:
Donald Deskey Associates, New York, New York, USA  Search this
Client:
Charak Furniture Company  Search this
Draftsman:
W. C. K.  Search this
Medium:
Graphite on tracing paper
Dimensions:
55.9 × 86.7 cm (22 in. × 34 1/8 in.)
Type:
furniture
Drawing
Object Name:
Drawing
Made in:
New York, NY, USA
Date:
July 2, 1958
Credit Line:
Gift of Donald Deskey
Accession Number:
1988-101-1996
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq42c412169-77c8-441b-9a2a-28d8e49f601a
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1988-101-1996
Online Media:

Design for Chest of drawers

Office of:
Donald Deskey Associates, New York, New York, USA  Search this
Client:
Charak Furniture Company  Search this
Draftsman:
Ron Underwood  Search this
Medium:
Graphite on tracing paper
Dimensions:
55.9 × 87 cm (22 in. × 34 1/4 in.)
Type:
furniture
Drawing
Object Name:
Drawing
Made in:
New York, NY, USA
Date:
October 23, 1957
Credit Line:
Gift of Donald Deskey
Accession Number:
1988-101-2004
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq4fa0de185-7c1d-4877-a477-727ab257c16a
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1988-101-2004
Online Media:

Design for Short Frame for Sofas, Loveseats, and Chairs

Office of:
Donald Deskey Associates, New York, New York, USA  Search this
Client:
Charak Furniture Company  Search this
Draftsman:
W. C. K.  Search this
Medium:
Graphite on tracing paper
Dimensions:
82.9 × 105.4 cm (32 5/8 × 41 1/2 in.)
Type:
furniture
Drawing
Object Name:
Drawing
Made in:
New York, NY, USA
Date:
July 9, 1957
Credit Line:
Gift of Donald Deskey
Accession Number:
1988-101-2007
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq43064a512-586b-40f7-b741-b7a2c1459f4b
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1988-101-2007
Online Media:

Design for Drop-In Vanity

Office of:
Donald Deskey Associates, New York, New York, USA  Search this
Client:
Charak Furniture Company  Search this
Draftsman:
Neagle  Search this
W. C. K.  Search this
Medium:
Graphite on tracing paper
Dimensions:
56.2 × 87 cm (22 1/8 × 34 1/4 in.)
Type:
furniture
Drawing
Object Name:
Drawing
Made in:
New York, NY, USA
Date:
December 18, 1957
Credit Line:
Gift of Donald Deskey
Accession Number:
1988-101-1997
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq449605668-0988-45dd-9855-4f32ebb46088
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1988-101-1997
Online Media:

Design for Tray

Office of:
Donald Deskey Associates, New York, New York, USA  Search this
Client:
Charak Furniture Company  Search this
Draftsman:
W. C. K.  Search this
Medium:
Graphite on tracing paper
Dimensions:
54.3 × 93 cm (21 3/8 × 36 5/8 in.)
Type:
furniture
Drawing
Object Name:
Drawing
Made in:
New York, NY, USA
Date:
December 6, 1957
Credit Line:
Gift of Donald Deskey
Accession Number:
1988-101-2005
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq4ff8cb662-1309-439e-b98f-5e091ba24b8d
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1988-101-2005
Online Media:

Design for Desktop Drawer Enclosure

Office of:
Donald Deskey Associates, New York, New York, USA  Search this
Client:
Charak Furniture Company  Search this
Draftsman:
W. C. K.  Search this
Medium:
Graphite on tracing paper
Dimensions:
74.3 × 115.3 cm (29 1/4 × 45 3/8 in.)
Type:
furniture
Drawing
Object Name:
Drawing
Made in:
New York, NY, USA
Date:
July 2, 1958
Credit Line:
Gift of Donald Deskey
Accession Number:
1988-101-2006
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq4d9f0507b-717a-4296-a406-f0c022fe9239
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1988-101-2006
Online Media:

Design for Breakfront

Office of:
Donald Deskey Associates, New York, New York, USA  Search this
Client:
Charak Furniture Company  Search this
Draftsman:
Rimer  Search this
Neagle  Search this
W. C. K.  Search this
Medium:
Graphite on tracing paper with mounted tracing paper revision
Dimensions:
55.9 × 87 cm (22 in. × 34 1/4 in.)
Type:
furniture
Drawing
Object Name:
Drawing
Made in:
New York, NY, USA
Date:
December 30, 1957
Credit Line:
Gift of Donald Deskey
Accession Number:
1988-101-2002
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq428c9952b-7da2-4872-bea7-2d0a69553b4a
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1988-101-2002
Online Media:

Design for Bench

Office of:
Donald Deskey Associates, New York, New York, USA  Search this
Client:
Charak Furniture Company  Search this
Draftsman:
W. C. K.  Search this
Rimer  Search this
M. C.  Search this
Medium:
Graphite on tracing paper
Dimensions:
45.7 × 91.9 cm (18 in. × 36 3/16 in.)
Type:
furniture
Drawing
Object Name:
Drawing
Made in:
New York, NY, USA
Date:
October 2, 1957
Credit Line:
Gift of Donald Deskey
Accession Number:
1988-101-2003
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq422a34173-8c9b-4a84-81ea-2127faf3c90b
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1988-101-2003
Online Media:

Donald Deskey collection

Creator:
Deskey, Donald, 1894-  Search this
Names:
Brunswick-Balke-Collender Company  Search this
Centre de recherche en économie et statistique (Paris, France)  Search this
Charak Furniture Company  Search this
Cooper-Hewitt Design Archive  Search this
Deskey Associates, Inc.  Search this
Deskey-Vollmer, Inc.  Search this
Donald Deskey Associates, Inc.  Search this
Johnson & Johnson, Inc.  Search this
New York World's Fair (1939-1940 : New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Procter & Gamble Company  Search this
Radio City Music Hall (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Widdicomb Furniture Company  Search this
Deskey, Donald, 1894-  Search this
Extent:
75 Cubic feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Proposals
Labels
Clippings
Renderings
Slides
Stationery
Letters patent
Financial records
Photographs
Drawings
Client lists
Correspondence
Organizational charts
Reviews
Patents
Lantern slides
Technical reports
Date:
1927-1989
Summary:
Project files containmagazine and newspaper clippings, reviews, correspondence, renderings, floor plans, perspective drawings, site plans, sketches, preliminary drawings, patents, stationery, labels, and technical reports. There is an extensive collection of photographs and slides of many of Deskey's packaging designs, interiors, furnishings, and exhibition installations. The files of Donald Deskey Associates include organizational charts, client files, proposals, and financial records. Some of Deskey's personal correspondence, speeches, articles, and family photographs are included. Materials cover the period from 1927-1975.
Arrangement note:
Arranged into six records groups: 1) architecture/interiors projects; 2)Donald Deskey Associates; 3) industrial design projects; 4) reference; 5) Donald Deskey's personal papers; and 6) photographs. A special collection of more than one thousand slides of Deskey's work are boxed separately.
Biographical/Historical note:
Industrial, interior, and packaging designer. Born Blue Earth, Minnesota, November 23, 1894. By 1943, he had established Donald Deskey Associates in New York. Along with Dreyfuss, Bel Geddes, and Loewy, Deskey was one of the great industrial design pioneers in the 1930s.

He is best known for his designs for the furnishings and interiors of Radio City Music Hall in 1932, and for his work for companies such as: Widdicomb Furniture Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan; W & J Sloane, New York; and Estey Manufacturing Company, Owosso, Michigan. Deskey is also known for his familiar packaging designs for Procter & Gamble products, such as Crest toothpaste, Prell shampoo, and Tide detergent.

Donald Deskey Associates also was responsible for lamppost #10, the streetlight still in use today in New York City. Materials from this archival collection were featured in Cooper-Hewitt's 1994 exhibition and accompanying book, "Packaging the New: Design and the American Consumer, 1925- 1975."
Location of Other Archival Materials Note:
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Drawings and Prints Department. Approximately 3,000 drawings for furniture and textile designs.
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Applied Arts Department. Two tables, handles, and a glass bottle and box designed by Deskey.
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Textiles Department. One textile designed by Deskey.
Other sources of archival information on Deskey include, the Procter & Gamble Archive, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Deskey Associates, New York City.
Provenance:
The Deskey collection was donated to the museum in three installments.

In 1975, Deskey deposited at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum,, hundreds of drawings, 3 four-drawer file cabinets of material, and several oversized packages comprising the bulk of his papers covering the period from 1927-1965. These items were officially donated to the museum in 1988.

In 1992, Deskey Associates of New York made an additional gift consisting of, approximately 1,000 35mm slides that documented projects from the 1960s through 1980s, and focused primarily on designs for packaging.

In 1994, Donald Deskey's nephew, Robert Deskey presented the Museum with, 120 postcards, letters, and family photographs.
Restrictions:
Unrestricted research use onsite by appointment. Permission of staff required to photograph materials.
Occupation:
Packaging designers -- United States  Search this
Interior designers -- United States  Search this
Industrial designers -- United States  Search this
Topic:
Packaging -- Design  Search this
Street lighting -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Buildings, Prefabricated -- United States  Search this
Plastics -- Design  Search this
Interior decoration -- United States -- 20th century  Search this
Design, Industrial -- United States  Search this
Furniture design -- United States  Search this
Art deco -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Proposals
Labels
Clippings
Renderings
Slides
Stationery
Letters patent
Financial records
Photographs
Drawings
Client lists
Correspondence
Organizational charts
Reviews
Patents
Lantern slides
Technical reports
Identifier:
SIL-CH.1975-11-77
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Libraries
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sc2dc69717a-7af5-4385-91a8-73b28e077a18
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sil-ch-1975-11-77

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