Fly-Swatter, "Dr. Skud"
Decorative Arts and Design
Founded in 1921, the Italian housewares company Alessi has earned a reputation for mass-producing stylish, well-made products for everyday use. During the 1980s and 1990s, famous American, French, and Italian architects such as Michael Graves, Alessandro Mendini, Aldo Rossi, and Philippe Starck worked for the firm, executing designs in a postmodernist style marked by the playful, humorous forms shown here.
17 5/16 x 3 11/16 x 2 5/8 in. (44 x 9.4 x 6.7 cm) (show scale)
Printed on side of shaft in white: "ALESSI FRANCE"; printed in white script "STARK"
Gift of Alessi S.p.A.
Yellow fly-swatter, light, with flat, rounded 'V' shaped upper section with symmetrical, pierced small holes of varying depth arranged in a pattern to create an outline of a face with eyes, nose and mouth; narrow thin shaft, widening slightly at base with three long, narrow, pointed horizontal feet with rounded ends.
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Philippe Starck (French, born 1949). Fly-Swatter, "Dr. Skud," designed 1998. Thermoplastic resin, 17 5/16 x 3 11/16 x 2 5/8 in. (44 x 9.4 x 6.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Alessi S.p.A., 1999.40.71. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1999.40.71_bw.jpg)
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