Silver to Steel: The Modern Designs of Peter Muller-Munk
Accompanying the first monographic museum exhibition of his life and work, this catalogue situates Peter Muller-Munk (1904–1967), a German-American émigré, as one of the most influential designers of his generation. It presents the untold story of his meteoric rise as a silversmith of luxury objects in New York, to a professorship in the first industrial design baccalaureate program in America at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, to his establishment of a prominent American design consultancy: Peter Muller-Munk Associates (PMMA).
This generously illustrated book begins with Muller-Munk’s family, background, and education in Berlin, and his immigration in 1926. It follows his career as a studio silversmith of modernist works and traces his transition from craft to industry, providing a context for his iconic industrial designs of the 1930s: the streamlined Normandie pitcher and the skyscraper-inspired Waring Blendor. The narrative continues with the revelation of his post–World War II works: products such as cameras, radios, power tools, and refrigerators, as well as total environments for gas stations, international expositions, and mass-transit vehicles, for prestigious clients that included Bell & Howell, Westinghouse, US Steel, Texaco, and Schick.
The compelling story of Muller-Munk’s life, and impressive legacy, is enlarged with colorful case studies of his firm’s contributions to wide-ranging aspects of midcentury life and culture.
By Rachel Delphia and Jewel Stern, with Catherine Walworth.
Hardcover; 9 x 11 inches; 208 pages with 171 illustrations; available from the CMOA Design Store and DelMonico Books; ISBN 978-3-7913-5463-7
Shannon Ebner: Auto Body Collision
Using photography as a language, Shannon Ebner (born 1971) examines the signs, symbols, letters, words and graphical icons we encounter in the world. Auto Body Collision documents Ebner’s most recent ongoing project, a multipart series of photographs that began on a trip to Italy in 2014. Ebner has been collecting language taken from signs, seeking out repetitions of terms such as “Auto Body Collision” and “Automotive.” In dissecting found language and coupling it with her own, Ebner establishes connections between the terms “auto,” “body,” “motive” and “collision.” The themes of Ebner’s new work include the circulatory and the network, performance and its relationship to the body, and collision, in terms both literal and conceptual.
Auto Body Collision, designed in collaboration with the artist, includes more than 150 never-before-published photographs, as well as essays by Alex Klein, Tina Kukielski, and Mark Owens.
This publication is a commission of Orphaned Images, a project within Carnegie Museum of Art’s Hillman Photography Initiative, curated by Tina Kukielski and Alex Klein.
Softcover; 272 pages; 176 color and black-and-white illustrations; available September 2016 from the CMOA Design Store and Distributed Art Publishers; ISBN 978-0-88039-057-6