"Delta" Fan

Designed by Tetsuya Furukawa, Japanese, b. 1920. Made by Fuji Electric Company, Ltd..

Geography:
Made in Japan, Asia

Date:
Designed 1955

Medium:
Stainless steel and plastic

Dimensions:
21 5/8 x 14 15/16 x 12 5/8 inches (55 x 38 x 32 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1994-133-1

Credit Line:
Gift of Fuji Electric Company, 1994

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  • PublicationJapanese Design: A Survey Since 1950

    After World War II, Tetsuya Furukawa was given the assignment to redesign the Fuji Electric Company table fan, which had been introduced to the commercial market in 1927. It was a particular challenge for Furukawa because the basic technical requirements of the product remained the same. Arriving at an elegant solution, he replaced the standard solid base with stainless-steel tubing, which calls to mind the triangular, swept-back airplane wing with straight trailing edge known as the delta wing. He added further aeronautic allusions with the blue plastic blades and steel nose. The deltoid shape of the base became the fan's hallmark and gave Furukawa's model its name, Delta. Kathyrn B. Hiesinger and Felice Fischer, Japanese Design: A Survey since 1950. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1994, cat. 16, p. 58.