Splayd prototypes (17), wood/metal/plastic, William McArthur, Australia, c. 1956-1960

Made c 1956-1960

Released in 1962, when buffet lunches and barbecues were becoming popular in Australia, Splayds caught on quickly and were a favourite wedding gift in the 1970s. They were easy to use, informal and more socially acceptable than eating with the hands. They also saved on washing up.

Splayds are often considered as an icon of Australian product design. The initial design by William McArthur in the late 1940s was sold to Stokes Pty Ltd in 1960. The company then redesigned the product for mass produ...

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Splayd prototypes (17), wood/metal/plastic, William McArthur, Australia, c. 1956-1960

Production

c 1956-1960

Source

Gift of Mr Doug Wylie, 1993

Cite this Object

Splayd prototypes (17), wood/metal/plastic, William McArthur, Australia, c. 1956-1960 2016, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 30 March 2017, <https://ma.as/133295>
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