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"So far, I thought I was on the verge of madness," says Keith Baxter of Wis Wauwatosa . ".
A lawyer during the day, his own time as an inventor, just received a grant from the innovative design fund
Dynamic coffee cups insulated with beeswax. ''I. D. F.
"Putting their checks behind my thoughts gives me credibility," he said . "
Baxter, his design is based on the principle of solar energy. heated housing. Mr.
Baxter said the Cup could prove to be "very high"
The price could be as high as $15 end mug ''.
But, at this stage, he needs a grant that has not yet been made public for the amount to produce a prototype that he wants the potential manufacturer to be interested in.
His wife, Jody
Designer and market researcher
Baxters has won the latest of seven innovative design Fund Awards.
The other is a perforated cheese knife that is placed on the edge of it when not in use; a high-
A land and sea halogen lamp with sand;
Luxurious Room partitions on wheels;
A glowing printing process and silk. screened chair.
Founded six years ago by fashion designer Bonnie Cashin, the innovative design fund is known for her work in leather, raincoat and knitting. for-
The New York-based profit organization has abandoned up to $10,000 to designers with original ideas in home decor, textiles and fashion, who need money to try and convert sketches into marketable pairs
The advertisement "Buckminster Fuller once said that it would take 20 years for a good idea to reach the public," Miss Kassin quoted the late inventor of the dome of the ground wire as the honorary director of the fund from 1979 to 1983.
"We are trying to close someone's gap," she added . ".
As an example of the early design, Miss Kassin mentioned the zipper, pantyhose and the molded plywood chair of Charles Ames.
More than 1,000 apps are advertised each year, and a volunteer committee of designers, educators and executives selects two or three winners.
Board members include Mobil Kellar, a former legal adviser to Mobil Oil Corporation and now president of the innovative design fund;
Paul Smith, curator of the American Museum of crafts
Gerard Piel, chairman of the board of directors of science America
And designer Mary McFadyen.
The selection is informal and the committee will come together as long as there are five or more possible candidates.
The panel hopes to issue up to 12 grants per year.
Depending on the complexity of the technology required to make a prototype, the amount of these seven awards ranges from $1,000 to $8,500. Mr.
Baxter made his early test cup with a coffee can, but now he will make a model of enameled wire porcelain on an aluminum base that is easy to mass produce.
The design fund pays close attention to the potential markets for these projects.
Although potential high consumer prices do not qualify for the cancellation of the proposal, the Commission is not interested in underwriting a proposalof-a-kind items.
But even if there is a prototype on hand, it is not easy to enter the market.
Designer Kent Bailey from California received his first grant in 1983, only recently in contact with an Italian lighting company interested in his non-discard sandbags --
Base halogen lamp.
Jeffrey Rushi Art Gallery at 398 West Broadway, Gao-
New York architect Belmont Freeman's pull-wire bird cage drew attention, but did not attract buyers for $2,800 to $4,200 each. Other award-
The winner is still trying to perfect the prototype, or customize itmaking pieces.
Dan Feldman of the lighthouseY.
He cast sculptures in bronze at the Tallix Sculpture Foundry during the day, earning $1,000 from the innovative design fund in last November, while winning the American Museum of Crafts Award
Chrome knife located on the edge for easy grip.
This knife has economic significance only when it can be a mass. produced.
Before he found the manufacturer
Feldman is making a silverware.
Processed version sold at Clodagh, Ross & Williams Gallery on 200 Street for $122Marks Place.
For Joel sacorov, a Manhattan artistfoot-
High room partition and audio
The visual closet on the wheel is equipped with lights and abstract paintings he has made with grants, bringing so much commission to smaller pieces that he doesn't have time to market the originals.
His most successful derivative is a set of $500 nested tables that will also light up and scroll.
He sells in the studio at 32 Laight Street.
"It's kind of a daydream, of course," said Mr.
Smith, curator of the American Museum of crafts, talked about the design fund's determination to seek and encourage truly innovative design.
"But, after all, it only takes a good idea to influence millions of people.
"By calling the fund 212, you can get information on submitting ideas to the innovative design Fund --759-8544.
A version of this article appears on page C00003 of the National edition in September 25, 1986, with the title: financing for the pursuit of a better cup.