Belle Kogan

General Information

Occupation: Industrial Designer

Date of Birth: January 01, 1902

Date of Death: January 01, 2000

Birth City: Ilyashevka

Birth Country: Russia

Resident City: New York City

Resident State/Province: New York

Resident Country: United States

Notes: IDSA recognizes Kogan as the first professional female industrial designer in the United States

Archive/Repository: Smithsonian Archives of American Art, Belle Kogan papers, 1920-1986, Collection ID 10004

Sources: "Belle Kogan, FIDSA (1902-2000)." IDSA Design History Section. 1994. Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA). 22 May 2008 .


Subject: Housewares Design

Subject: Jewelry Design

Notes: in 1920 Kogan worked in her father's jewelry store with studying at Pratt Institute


Employer: Karolith Coporation

Employer: Quaker Silver Co.

Start Date: January 01, 1929

Notes: eventually headed a department of 20 in Attleboro, Massachusetts

Employer: private practice

Title: Founder

City: New York City

Start Date: January 01, 1932

Notes: designed houseware products for Libbey Glass, US Glass, Federal Glass, Towle Mfg. Co., Maryland Plastics, and Bakelite Corp.

Employer: private practice offering comprehensive design services

Title: Founder

Country: Israel

Start Date: January 01, 1970

End Date: January 01, 1972

Notes: in 1972 Kogan left the studio to work as a consultant

Employer: jewelry store

Title: worked for her father

City: New York City

State: New York

Country: United States

Start Date: January 01, 1920



No apprenticeships on record


No awards on record


No exhibitions on record

Notable Projects

No projects on record


Institution: Pratt Institute

Department: Painting

Institution: Kunstgewerbe Shule, Germany

Notes: took art classes

Institution: New York University

Notes: trained as a silver designer, funded by Quaker Silver Company

Institution: Rhode Island School of Design

Notes: trained as a silver designer, funded by Quaker Silver Company


No licenses on record

Professional Affiliations

Organization: American Designers Institute

Role: helped form the New York Chapter of this Chicago-based organization

Start Date: January 01, 1938

Notes: became the Industrial Designers Institute (IDI) in 1951 and later IDSA in 1965

Organization: Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA)

Role: Fellow

Start Date: January 01, 1965

Publications By

Title: Belle Kogan remembers

Co-author: Helen M. Rice

Publication: Innovation

Volume: 13

Issue: 2

Page: 33-39

Date Published: January 01, 1994

Notes: Spring 1994. An interview with Belle Kogan, thought to be America's first woman industrial designer. She discusses her career as a designer during the 1920s and 1930s.

Publications About

Title: Diversity and Difference: Women Designers in the USA, 1900-2000

Author: Andrea Dinoto

Publication: American Craft

Volume: 61

Issue: 2

Page: 72-5

Date Published: January 01, 2001

Notes: April-May 2001.