Eye On Design: Meat Slicer By Egmont Arens

Meat Slicer
All Photos By Gail

The shift in our perception of objects when they are displayed as part of a museum collection can sometimes elevate a practical piece into an art object. On deli counters in the 1940s, this commercial meat slicer designed by Egmont Arens (circa 1935) would have evoked cleanliness, efficiency and modernity. In an exhibition, it becomes an abstract pieceof streamlined design.

Meat Slicer

Photographed in the Brooklyn Museum.

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