Image gallery of products and art by John Vassos
John Vassos’s contributions to American design have been overlooked for decades. His highly functional and visually striking contributions included turnstiles, radios, phonographs, jukeboxes, televisions, total environments for movie theaters, international expositions, and restaurants. John Vassos considered RCA, NBC, United Artists, Waterman Pens, Nedick’s restaurant, and the United States Government among his scores of national clients. For these and other firms, John Vassos produced hundreds of designs. Drawing on unpublished records in archives at the New York Public Library, the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art, Syracuse University, the David Sarnoff Papers now at the Hagley Museum and Library and more, Shapiro creates a portrait of an artist whose iconic books like Phobia and Contempo critiqued the commercialization of modern life but whose later design work sought to accommodate it. The images below are from my Pinterest page: Art Deco Vassos.