The Madsonian has a blog!This page will keep you up to date on the happenings at Waitsfield’s Madsonian Museum of Industrial Design What is INDUSTRIAL DESIGN? Our museum celebrates the beauty and thoughfulness in everyday things. We will showcase the best mixers of all time, the best toys, tools, cars, boats, planes… you get the idea. Sign up at our main website (link above) to get on the mailing list, and to be the first to hear about openings, exhibits, and events!
We just received a 1940 Zenith Console Radio, from a women in Fayston, Vermont. This Zenith 8-S-463 is a 8 tube three band all wave superheterodyne! Say that three times fast.
Zenith was known as a innovator for combining Art Deco design and the newest technological advances in radios. To learn more fun facts about this iconic radio brand check out this article from collectors weekly. http://www.collectorsweekly.com/radios/zenith
We have some great donations coming in all the time here at the Madsonian. I am excited to share a new item each week with you. Just in we have a set of prototype chess pieces on display that are designed by John Gassner of Block Island. They have a great tactile quality and a nice weight to them. Come down and check it out for yourself.
We are very excited to have a piece of the only steel Bridge in the Mad River Valley. The Waitsfield Truss Bridge which was located in Warren, will become a permanent sculpture this summer at the Madsonian. We will keep you updated on the transformation.
The Madsonian has been open for a year and a half now, and we are taking this moment to reflect on what we have accomplished over these past 18 months.
We are proud of what we have created, and hope that you will offer your support so that the Madsonian can continue to be a fun place to learn about the history and importance of design and designers.
In a short time, the Madsonian has become a pioneer in the recognition of industrial design, gaining respect from national industrial design publications such as Core 77 and the Industrial Designers Society of America.
Core 77 says: “It’s one thing to have places like the MoMA, the Cooper-Hewitt and the Design Museum in cities like New York and London, filled with thousands if not millions of design cognoscenti. But what will really start to make the difference is an awareness of design spreading to rural areas. So it’s heartening to see places like the recently-openedMadsonian Museum of Industrial Design popping up in Waitsfield, Vermont, population 1,659.”
In our summer exhibit this year, we were the first museum to recognize the work of Walter Dorwin Teague, a designer who shaped our lives through his work for Kodak, Steuben, Boeing, and others, and was the first to call himself an “Industrial Designer.” In the past 18 months, we have also hosted a show on motorcycle designs, offered several talks, and exhibited “Made in the Shade: The Designs of Summer Vacation,” which included a timeline of surfboards from the 1950’s to a 2010 board designed and signed by eleven time world champion surfer, Kelly Slater.
We want to continue offering this exceptional resource to our community; bringing exciting, fun, and thought provoking exhibits, talks, and design events to the unlikely location of Waitsfield, VT. We feel it is important to recognize products (and their designers) that are beautiful and made to last. These are the products that will be passed on for generations, and are key to sustainability in the use of our resources.
If you have enjoyed visiting the Madsonian, and feel it is a valuable resource, please consider making a tax deductable donation by clicking the button at right. You may pay by credit card, or with a Paypal account. As a non profit museum, we rely on your contributions to continue operating. Thanks in advance – we really appreciate your support in whatever level you are able.
We hope to see you at the Madsoniian this season for our exhibit on TOYS! As always, please feel free to make an appointment to visit if our normal hours do not fit your schedule. Happy winter!
David Sellers, Founder. Director
Anna Urban, Assistant Director
To make a donation: Click the button above, or send a check to Madsonian Museum: P.O. box 288, Warren, VT 05674.
Please call 802-486-2787 with any questions.
Five Fall Fridays # 5 at the Madsonian Museum
The Madsonian is teaming up with other Waitsfield Village galleries for “Five Fall Fridays,” a gallery walk and wine tasting series. We are number five in the series, and will be featuring the amazing wines of Lincoln Peak Vineyard, located in New Haven, VT. Come find out why this local vineyard and winery has won so many awards! Lincoln Peak will be serving samples and selling wines by the glass, bottle, and case. More info at the Waitsfield Village Facebook Page.