Brass porthole cover for a laundry chute

Songwriter Allee Willis installed this fab brass porthole cover on her laundry chute. I am tempted to install a laundry chute just so I can follow suit.

As much as I love these they’re not my favorite porthole around here. That honor is reserved for my $11 used-to-be-a-flimsy-brass-mirror porthole that I sunk into the floor and now serves as my laundry chute.

My laundry chute porthole was featured in the Los Angeles Times twice last year alone. When I get completely frustrated writing, painting, making films, curating and everything else I fill my time with I always think I could go into the business of selling porthole laundry chutes.

Allee Willis’ Kitsch O’ The Day – 1952 Chris-Craft Portholes (via Neatorama)


  1. Just checked on ebay, and there are plenty of these to be had, quite affordably.  Now, how to rig up a whites/colours/delicates sorting mechanism?

  2. “My laundry chute porthole was featured in the Los Angeles Times twice last year alone.”

    It’s a cool idea and all, but… what? What?? Which of her friends goes to her house, says, “Hey, that laundry chute porthole is really awesome!”… and then informs the press? Twice?

  3. for some reason, before i clicked the link, i thought the porthole was going to be in a wall — but in the FLOOR? yeah, i’d trip over that constantly.

    1. That’s in bad taste from the cat’s perspective, being that it’ll have to dog the hatch when the weather starts to blow.  Dog, get it?

  4. I wanted to put in a floor laundry chute during some renovations, turned out it was a safety violation (holes in floor and all that, even with a cover)…

  5. Best use of a porthole since my dad installed one in my room as a wall safe when I was 10.

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