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Tetsuo Takayanagi Hand Sculpture
Basic Workshop Class of John Walley, 1947
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Elsa Kula Promotional Piece
27 Chicago Designers, 1957
John van der Meulen, Daisy Igel, Konrad Wachsmann
Photograph by Kay Harris, c 1950
Designers in Production Brochure, Harold Cohen & Davis Pratt
A Chicago Design and Production Company, 1950-57
Thanks to these collection donors:
Harold and Mary Cohen, Estate of Robert Genchek, Len Gittleman, Daisy Igel & Family, Elsa Kula & Family, Belle Kerman, Family of Richard Nickel, Per Pearson, Kathleen Picken, Charles Swedlund, Family of Tetsuo Takayanagi
In 2019 the BCF has acquired important materials representing the work of many Institute of Design faculty members and students, including Robert Brownjohn, Harold L. Cohen, Robert Genchek, Len Gittleman, Daisy Igel, Elsa Kula, E. Ray Pearson, Davis Pratt, Tetsuo Takayanagi, Angelo Testa, John van der Meulen, and Konrad Wachsmann.
The Daisy Igel collection is especially interesting, representing one of a very few woman architecture students, who both practiced architecture and taught; she studied with and maintained a lively correspondence with Buckminster Fuller and Konrad Wachsmann. The Takayanagi collection includes stunning drawings of unusual student projects including a 1949 class project design, previously unknown, for a new Institute of Design building on the IIT campus. The Elsa Kula collection includes early student work by both Kula and husband Davis Pratt, independent life work in graphic and furniture design, as well as furniture and collaborative work.