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93/3/1 Splayd prototypes (17), wood/metal/plastic, William McArthur, Australia, c. 1956-1960
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Prototype Splayds. Powerhouse Museum. Photo by Sue Stafford.


Object statement
Splayd prototypes (17), wood/metal/plastic, William McArthur, Australia, 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 production. By 1991 Stokes had sold 4.75 million Splayds in 52 countries.

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Description
Splayd prototypes (17), wood/metal/plastic, William McArthur, Australia, c. 1956-1960
Made: 1951 - 1960
93/3/1
Production date
1951 - 1960

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Acquisition credit line
Gift of Mr Doug Wylie, 1993
Subjects
+ Product design
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