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Coffee table
  • Coffee table
    Rohde, Gilbert, born 1894 - died 1944
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Coffee table

  • Place of origin:

    Zeeland, Michigan, USA (made)

  • Date:

    1940 (designed)
    from 1941 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Rohde, Gilbert, born 1894 - died 1944 (designer)
    Herman Miller Furniture Co (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Acacia burl veneer top, paldao edges, leather cloth covered legs

  • Museum number:

    W.16-1993

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Coffee tables like this one were part of a new, informal way of living which developed in the USA and Europe during the 1920s and 30s. The manufacturer of this example, the Herman Miller Furniture Company, had started out in 1932 making reproduction furniture but, as a result of demand for a greater range of styles, began producing modern designs in the late 1930s. The company's founder, D. J. de Pree, initially dismissed the new bedroom suites as 'vocational school furniture', but was soon persuaded of their merit by the commercial success of the new lines. Gilbert Rohde, a former illustrator and photographer, designed a range of furniture for Herman Miller, much of which showed the influence of Surrealist artists like Miro in its biomorphic shapes.

Physical description

Acacia burl veneer top, paldao edges, leather cloth covered legs

Place of Origin

Zeeland, Michigan, USA (made)

Date

1940 (designed)
from 1941 (manufactured)

Artist/maker

Rohde, Gilbert, born 1894 - died 1944 (designer)
Herman Miller Furniture Co (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Acacia burl veneer top, paldao edges, leather cloth covered legs

Dimensions

Height: 38 cm, Width: 104 cm, Depth: 73.5 cm

Descriptive line

model 4186; American 1940 des. Gilbert Rohde man.Herman Miller

Labels and date

COFFEE TABLE

Designed by Gilbert Rohde (American, 1894-1944)
Made by Herman Miller Furniture Co., Zeeland, Michigan, USA
Acacia burl top, paldao edges, leather cloth covered legs
1939-1940

Rohde was responsible for leading the Herman Miller Company away from reproduction towards progressive modern design. The company subsequently produced furniture by leading designers including Isamu Noguchi, George Nelson and Charles and Ray Eames, examples of which can be seen elsewhere in this gallery, The biomorphic shape, usually associated with the 1950s, shows the influence of Surrealist painting, in particular the work of Arp and Miro on contemporary designers.
W.16-1993 [1993-2006]

Materials

Acacia; Leather; Paldao

Categories

Furniture

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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