New York: Simon & Schuster, 1955. First edition. Cloth over Boards. Small quarto, pp. 240, illustrated with margin drawings and b/w photographs. Very Good. Item #20643
Henry Dreyfuss was one of America's formost industrial designers. At the peak of his career, he flew about 100,000 miles a year, mostly in planes he designed himself. He had a West Coast office in South Pasadena, and an East Coast office near the Plaza Hotel in New York City. He was one of Broadway's most successful stage designers by the time he was in his mid-twenties, while he was pioneering in the then-fledgling profession of industrial design. He had a lifelong abiding and intense interest in the daily lives of human beings, and he wandered the world being empathic with service-station workers, ceramic designers, children, animals, proprietors of snack bars, ship officers, home owners, and apartment renters. Perhaps this is why his book is so aptly titled!