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David L. Painter (c. 1952)
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Painter, David L.

Carroll Gantz, FIDSA
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David L. Painter (c. 1952)

         U.S. industrial designer born in Monroeville, IN, who was a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1936. From 1935 to 1950 he was vice president of the industrial design firm, Barnes & Reinecke, Inc. in Chicago. From 1950 to 1960, he was a partner of Painter/Teague/Petertil, industrial designers in Chicago, and from 1960 to 1972, was the owner of David Painter, Industrial Design. From 1972 to 1980, he was a partner in Painter/Crabtree/Agassi in Glenview, IL and after 1980, a partner of Painter/Cessaroni industrial design in Glenview.

         His firms had many clients, including Texas Instruments, Bell & Howell, Outboard Marine, 3M Company, and West Bend. Among the many designs was the Regency TR-1 Transistor radio at Painter/Teague/Petertil, which sold 100,000 the first year, and won an award from the Society of Industrial Designers, of which he was a member. The TR-1 was also selected by the Museum of Modern Art for the American Art and Design Exhibition in Paris in 1955. Other design awards included one in 1966 from the National Housewares Manufacturing Association. He was also a member of the Arts Club of Chicago.

100 Years of Design consists of excerpts from a book by Carroll M. Gantz, FIDSA, entitled, Design Chronicles: Significant Mass-produced Designs of the 20th Century, published August 2005 by Schiffer Publications, Ltd.
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