Google Patent Art

I recently discovered that Google has an online archive of hundreds of patent drawings for just about any product you can think of from computers to furniture. Included in their vast library is a copy of the original patent drawing for the Edison Light bulb from 1880 – roughly 9 years before our house was built.

The images are available for public download at high resolution, so being an architect who appreciates technical drawings – I thought that one or two would make a nice piece of artwork.  So, I downloaded the image, printed it on good quality card stock, bought an Ontatio frame from Habitat for £15, and had a custom double mount cut from the online picture framing shop Picture Lizard for £4.    So for less than £20 I had an interesting piece of artwork to accompany our hallway light!

I also really like the Eames chair patent drawing, so am also considering printing one of those out for the living room where our little black Eames LCW sits.


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