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Armchair
  • Armchair
    Wright, Frank Lloyd, born 1867 - died 1959
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Armchair

  • Place of origin:

    United States (made)

  • Date:

    1936-1937 (made)
    1937-1937 (woven)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Wright, Frank Lloyd, born 1867 - died 1959 (designer)
    Saarinen, Loja Mrs, born 1879 - died 1968 (weavers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood and swamp cypress plywood and upholstery

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Edgar Kaufmann Jnr.

  • Museum number:

    W.41A to D-1974

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

In 1936 Frank Lloyd Wright designed an office in a Pittsburgh department store for its owner, Edgar Kaufmann. The room was lined with plywood faced with swamp cypress and a similar finish was used for the furniture. This is one of three armchairs that sat around a built-in desk, below a wall decoration made from low-relief diagonal and right-angular plywood panels. The wall relief was echoed in the shape of the armchairs, which were essentially cubes cut diagonally at the rear corners, and embellished with plywood strips. The wooden walls, ceiling, floor and furniture were offset by the pale cream upholstery and carpet, enlivened with hints of lemon yellow. This was also designed by Wright and woven by Loja Saarinen.

Edgar Kaufmann used the office for two decades until his death in 1955. The whole office, with its furnishings, was presented to the V&A in 1974 by his son, Edgar Kaufmann Jr.

Physical description

Armchair of wood and swamp cypress plywood, with removeable upholstered seat, back and armrests

Place of Origin

United States (made)

Date

1936-1937 (made)
1937-1937 (woven)

Artist/maker

Wright, Frank Lloyd, born 1867 - died 1959 (designer)
Saarinen, Loja Mrs, born 1879 - died 1968 (weavers)

Materials and Techniques

Wood and swamp cypress plywood and upholstery

Dimensions

Height: 68 cm carcase, Height: 76 cm overall (including upholstery), Width: 83 cm carcase, Width: 83 cm overall (including upholstery), Depth: 65 cm carcase, Depth: 86 cm overall (including upholstery)

Object history note

Furniture designed for the interior of Edgar Kaufmann's office, Kaufmann's Store, 400 Fifth Ave. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Descriptive line

Armchair of wood and swamp cypress plywood, with removeable upholstered seat, back and armrests, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for Edgar Kaufmann's Office, America, 1936-7

Categories

Furniture; Woodwork

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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