Geometric art deco design

Stapling pliers, c. 1935

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These stapling pliers showed how high style fused with efficiency in the office. Its Cubist-inspired design, in enamel on chrome-plated metal, was popular in the early Art Deco period in American industrial design, similar to the Kodak Camera and box, also seen in this exhibition.

Fridolin Polzer received a patent in 1934 for this design manufactured by Hotchkiss, whose front can be removed to load a strip of staples onto a guide. A squeeze on the handles quickly staples the paper, and repetitive use did not tire the user as conventional staplers could.

Details
Title
Stapling pliers
Artist Life
1895-1957
Role
Designer
Accession Number
98.276.182.1
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Geometric art deco design