Atomic - Product Type - Details
History has a way of affecting design, whether that be from the manufacturing processes available at the time or the material shortages that wartime often creates. Atomic Age design began in the early around 1940s, around the time that World War II came to an end and lasted through the early 1960s.
To give you an idea of the popular mindset of the time, World War II was coming to an end, but tensions still existed between the world and Russia. Tensions came to an all time high, when Russia tested their first nuclear bomb on August 29th of 1949. It seemed to the American public, and the world, that the Cold War would turn into a nuclear war at any moment. Matters would be made worse in 1957, when the launch of sputnik by the Russians began the race to space.
Designers were also preoccupied with the thought of the atom and nuclear war. Many have speculated the popularity of atomic design during this time was largely a way to downplay the destructive forces atomic energy carried with it while thinking optimistically about the wonders atomic energy could provide for the world.
While the atom and atomic energy were the primary inspiration for many atomic designers, technology also played a role in design. Other hallmarks of this era include space-age design, as well as using shapes to resemble organic lifeforms such as the amoeba. The Atomic age had many designs that were bound by curved lines, this DCW chair designed by Charles and Ray Eames for sale in our Akron, Ohio store is a great example of the curvilinear nature in Atomic Design.
Other notable designers of this era include: Pierre Koenig, Virgil Exner, Richard Neutra, Eero Saarinen, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Eero Aarnio