The collection
Disc-shaped aluminum griddle with a half-circle aluminum handle that can be folded around the outer edge.
before 1934

Griddle, Wear-Ever, Model no. 383

Designed by
Lurelle Guild (1898–1985)
Produced by
The Aluminum Cooking Utensil Co., New Kensington, Pennsylvania
16 x 29.5 x 29.5 cm

The Liliane and David M. Stewart Program for Modern Design, gift of Dr. Michael Sze, 2007.7*

Some everyday objects are updated versions of much older ideas. Like many other handheld kitchen utensils, the form of this griddle—a circular rimmed platter of conductive metal with an arched handle for placing or hanging over a heat source—has been in common use for centuries.

The classic form was brought up to date by the use of its modern material—aluminum—which made it far lighter and easier to clean than its cast-iron predecessors. The handle folds down around the outer edge for easy storage. The simplicity of this functional geometric form is timeless.

The Stewart Program for Modern Design, photo: Denis Farley.