Michael Lax, Copco, Fondue Pot, ca. 1970, enamel, iron, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Copco, Inc., 1978.45A-B
This fondue pot in two sections was designed during the long collaboration between Michael Lax and the Copco Company, for which he created enameled cast-iron pieces over a twenty-year period. The fondue pot has the simple shapes and vivid color that Lax brought to housewares for many companies in the United States after the Second World War. It is an example of the artist’s ability to combine modern design and the “human element” in a useful product for the home (New York Times, June 5, 1999).