"Normandie" Water Pitcher

Designer Peter Müller-Munk American
Manufacturer Revere Copper and Brass Company, Rome, NY American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 903

The SS Normandie ocean liner, after which this elegant pitcher was named, launched to great fanfare in 1932 and had a profound effect on many industrial designers and architects at the time. Le Corbusier in particular saw the powerful luxury ship as the ultimate symbol of twentieth-century design; both functional and beautiful, it embodied the perfect machine for living. Müller-Munk was inspired by the streamlined form of the ship's prow and used a single sheet of brass to form the pitcher's teardrop shape. The chrome plating gives the work a luxurious glossy finish.

"Normandie" Water Pitcher, Peter Müller-Munk (American (born Germany) Berlin 1904–1967 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), Chrome-plated brass

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