Michael Lax (1929-1999) began his design career in 1956 working with Russel Wright on a series of dinnerware designs. What better way to start a design career than with one of the mid-century modern design icons! Born in New York his prior education included New York School of Music and Art and Alfred University’s New York State College of Ceramics. He went to Finland on a Fulbright Fellowship to study where he learned Scandinavian modern design. In1960, given is first solo design break by Copco, he began working on enameled cast iron. Even designing, in 1962, a teakettle which sold more than one million units before it was discontinued in 1980. Lax also did designs for Lightolier including a high-intensity lamp that is part of MOMA’s permanent collection; U.S. Plywood including playground equipment and an adult treehouse; Salton; Tupperware; Mikasa; and Rosenthal. And even a bathtub for American Cyanamid.

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