Honeywell International, Inc.

T86 Round (1953), Henry Dreyfuss

Founded in 1906 by Mark Honeywell, Honeywell International, Inc. is a multinational conglomerate company that produces a variety of commercial and consumer products. Honeywell’s signature product is its line of home thermostats, the iconic round type in particular.

Since the 1930s, Richard Dreyfuss designed Honeywell’s thermostats. Among the first was the Chronotherm, which incorporated a digital clock. However, Dreyfuss was frustrated that rectangular thermostats never seemed to hang squarely on the wall. In 1953, Dreyfuss refined the thermostat into its now-familiar form, referred to simply as ‘the Round’. Its low price and ability to fit most situations has made the Round one of Dreyfuss’s most successful designs.

In 2016 Honeywell International Inc. settled a patent dispute regarding Google subsidiary Nest Labs, whose thermostats Honeywell claimed infringed on several of its patents. They made an agreement that fully resolves the long-standing dispute. Honeywell sued Nest Labs in 2012.

Why on Wikiconic?
Google Nest is the proper modern alternative. A thermostat should be round.
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