Art/ Collection/ Art Object

"DC02 De Stijl" Vacuum Cleaner

Sir James Dyson (British, born 1947)
Dyson Ltd.
ABS and polycarbonate
body: 19 × 11 in. (48.3 × 27.9 cm) connector (extended): 40 × 2 in. (101.6 × 5.1 cm) metal hose: 46 × 2 in. (116.8 × 5.1 cm) large brush: 11 in. × 8 1/2 in. (27.9 × 21.6 cm) medium brush: 4 3/4 in. × 3 in. (12.1 × 7.6 cm) small brush: 3 3/4 in. × 2 in. (9.5 × 5.1 cm) total weight: 18 lb. (8.2 kg)
Machines & Appliances
Credit Line:
Gift of James Dyson, Dyson Ltd., UK, 2001
Accession Number:
Not on view
In 1978, James Dyson came up with the idea of a bagless vacuum cleaner that would be environmentally friendly and at the same time have significantly increased suction power, once relieved of the accumulated dust that clogs the paper bags of conventional vacuums. The "DC02 De Stijl" version was produced in a limited edition. It pays homage to the Dutch design movement's radical use of color to highlight function and form, turning a household appliance into an art object.
the designer (1996–2001; his gift to MMA)

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Century of Design, Part IV: 1975-2000," June 25, 2001–January 6, 2002, no catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Highlights from the Modern Design Collection: 1900 to the Present," June 23, 2009–May 1, 2011.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Highlights from the Modern Design Collection: 1900–Present, Part II," May 23, 2011–July 1, 2012.

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