NEW PRODUCTS: Frankensteins at Work

After trying their hand at improving everything from paper clips to superliners, U.S. industrial designers finally got around to their fellow beings. At a Manhattan meeting of the Society of Industrial Designers last week, they held a contest to design a "functional man," or, as they put it, "an animal which would be a better solution to the very environmental problems which man has created."

First prize (a strictly functional Leghorn pullet) went to Tom Currie of Southport, Conn, for his "man"—a creature with a flat, streamlined head atop a flying-saucer body. He...

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