A. D. Lambach papersCreation: 1930-1992
A. D. (Aldoph Daniel) Lambach (1912-2008) was an industrial designer and furniture manufacturer. This small collection documents his career as an industrial designer, whose designs include a war-time design for a wooden baby carriage. The papers consist primarily of newspaper clippings, tear sheets and sketches of Lambach's furniture and appliance cabinet designs, including work executed for Admiral, Zenith, Pacific Mercury, and Sears.
- Creation: 1930-1992
- Lambach, Adolph D., 1912-2008 (Person)
Biographical / Historical
A. D. (Aldoph Daniel) Lambach (1912-2008) was an industrial designer and furniture manufacturer. He was born in Hamburg, Germany, and came to Chicago with his father in 1924. He began as an apprentice with the Macey Company of Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1928. Later he worked for the Progressive Table Company of Brooklyn, New York, and as a freelance designer for many of the large North Carolina furniture manufacturers. He returned to Chicago as vice president and general manager of the Chicago Cabinet Company, which manufactured radio, phonograph, and television cabinets and later became a division of the Admiral Corporation. Lambach relocated to southern California in 1949 where he worked for the Pacific Mercury Television Manufacturing Company, the west coast supplier of Sears Roebuck, and as a freelancer. He retired in 1982.
Scope and Contents
The papers consist primarily of newspaper clippings, tear sheets and sketches of Lambach's furniture and appliance cabinet designs, including work for Admiral, Zenith, Pacific Mercury, and Sears. Products include chairs, desks, cabinets, dressers, lamps, radios, phonographs, and televisions. The designs are all for mass-market items in a mix of traditional and art deco styles. There are also designs for an all-wood baby carriage (for conserving metal during World War II) and two interiors of private jets.
This collection is open for research.
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