The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Liliane and David M. Stewart Collection, gift of Paul D. LeBlanc, 2016.452
Guild studied painting at Syracuse University and moved to New York after graduating in 1920. He established his own industrial design firm in 1928. Guild’s designs for the Aluminum Cooking Utensil Co. were publicized in the early 1930s. In 1936, Art and the Machine illustrated this coffeepot with the comment that Guild was “restudying the basic forms of pots and pans and all manner of products for aluminum use.”
His sleek streamlined design for Wear-Ever updates a traditional coffeepot form in aluminum and Bakelite—modern materials that replaced the silver and wood of earlier periods. In 1936, Forbes magazine named Guild one of the five foremost industrial designers in the United States.
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, photo: Denis Farley.