Alexis de Sakhnoffsky was a pioneer industrial designer in America, one of that generation that tackled everything from cars to toasters, with a sideline in packaging. His characteristic drawing style (for which I claim no great originality) shows a carefully calculated surace of chic while retaining the basics of information. The background is usually coloured and favouring the dark, with highlights smeared on in a lighter chalk or pastel. Streamlining is evoked but the objects are often static. The mechanical bulk dissolves in shimmer. The drawings above were a regular feature in ESQUIRE magazine of the 1930's, adding sophistication to that cheerful blend of snappy stories and girlie cartoons.

MIDDLE ROW November 1934


the cars of 1963

American Open Cars 1, 1934

American Open Cars 2, 1934




see also Esquire magazine