Kogan, Belle, 1902-2000

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Industrial designer, of Russian birth, who was trained in art and manufacturing in the United States. She opened her own design studio, Belle Kogan Associates (BKA) in New York City in the early 1930s and did free-lance design work in a variety of materials until her retirement in 1972. Miss Kogan's corporate clients included, among others, Reed & Barton, Ebeling & Reuss, Towle Manufacturing Co., Federal Glass Co., Red Wing Potteries, Bausch & Lomb, Boonton Molding Co., U.S. Glass Co., Bakelite Corp., Muench-Kreuzer Candle Co., Libbey Glass, National Brush Co., Prolon Plastics, Dow Chemical, Beacon Plastics, Haviland China Co., Mallory Randall and Maryland Plastics Co.

From the description of Belle Kogan, "first American woman industrial designer", 1929-1998. (Smithsonian Institution Libraries). WorldCat record id: 44697613

Industrial designer; New York, N.Y.

After graduating from the Pratt Institute where she studied painting, Kogan went into the jewelry business with her father. In 1929 she turned to design and did her first work for the Karolith Corporation. She was employed by the Quaker Silver Co. in late 1929 through early 1930, before leaving for Kunstgewerbe Shule Germany where she took art classes. Kogan also provided designs for Ebeling & Reiss, Federal Glass Co., Red Wing Pottery and Reed & Barton. She designed melamine dinnerware for the Boonton Modelling Co. where she worked for a number of years.

From the description of Belle Kogan papers, 1920-1986. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122565978

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Art and industry
Glass art
Decorative arts
Decorative art
House furnishings industry and trade
Industrial designers
Industrial designers
Women artists
Women designers


Birth 1902-06-26

Death 2000


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