Blog: SARF

Smooth, sleek and fast: aeronautics and streamlining as furniture inspiration

In this new and exciting project I will spend the next two months I will researching the design history of American aeronautics, focusing on the technical and cultural notions that have influenced the changing appearance of airplanes and the concept of speed over time, at the National Air and Space Museum and the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.

MACKAY trophy elevating early flight #airplane #art  (at National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution)

MACKAY trophy elevating early flight #airplane #art (at National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution)

Douglass dauntless flowing lines above #airplane #design #art (at National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution)

Douglass dauntless flowing lines above #airplane #design #art (at National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution)

Spending some time with Jack Northrop’s FlyingWings. It’s to bad all of these were scraped… Would love to see one in person! (from A History of Jack Northrop’s Visionary Aircraft) #airplane #art #metal

Spending some time with Jack Northrop’s FlyingWings. It’s to bad all of these were scraped… Would love to see one in person! (from A History of Jack Northrop’s Visionary Aircraft) #airplane #art #metal

A paper airplane by intrepid visitor laying in a large rocket. Not good museum practice but an excellent indicator of scale! #airplane #rocket #design

A paper airplane by intrepid visitor laying in a large rocket. Not good museum practice but an excellent indicator of scale! #airplane #rocket #design

Blackbird #airplane #design (at National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Smithsonian)

Blackbird #airplane #design (at National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Smithsonian)

Same designer as the blackbird… Talk about a carrier arch! #airplane #design (at National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Smithsonian)

Same designer as the blackbird… Talk about a carrier arch! #airplane #design (at National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Smithsonian)

The Concorde. I remember this aircraft well as a child. The idea of going so far and so fast.. #airplane #speed #design (at National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Smithsonian)

The Concorde. I remember this aircraft well as a child. The idea of going so far and so fast.. #airplane #speed #design (at National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Smithsonian)

Streamline #design hanging above me in NASM #America by Air exhibition #airplane #art (at National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution)

Streamline #design hanging above me in NASM #America by Air exhibition #airplane #art (at National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution)