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Design - Plywood table Model 2 and 3
  • Plywood table Model 2 and 3
    Gropius, Walter, born 1883 - died 1969
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Plywood table Model 2 and 3

  • Object:

    Design

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1936 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Gropius, Walter, born 1883 - died 1969 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil on tracing paper

  • Museum number:

    E.2824-1995

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case MD, shelf 13, box A

Walter Gropius was a key pioneer of the Modern Movement. He came to Britain in 1934 and from 1935 was made controller of design for the Isokon company in London, which specialised in plywood furniture and for whom this design was made. Although it is drawn by another member of the Isokon studio, the table design, complete with dimensions, has the approval of Gropius' signature in the bottom corner. The design clearly shows the simple forms that Gropius promoted in his efforts to bring together art and technology in design. He taught that form should follow function but that products didn't necessarily have eto lack aesthetic qualities. Even mass-produced objects could be beautiful, as well as well-designed, and he encouraged artists and designers to learn and work with each other.

This type of table was used in small kitchen-diners or living rooms. There is no record of a table with these particular dimensions being made, alhtough other similar models by Gropius were produced.

Physical description

Design for a plywood table depicting a plan, side and front elevation and full size details of corners, legs and a section of the top.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1936 (made)

Artist/maker

Gropius, Walter, born 1883 - died 1969 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil on tracing paper

Marks and inscriptions

Each signed Gropius. Lettered with titles and dimensions.

Dimensions

Height: 36 cm, Width: 54 cm

Descriptive line

Design by Walter Gropius, for a plywood table, pencil on tracing paper, London, 1936

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints, Drawings and Paintings Accession Register for 1995

Materials

Tracing paper

Techniques

Drawing

Subjects depicted

Plan; Table; Elevation

Categories

Designs; Drawings; Furniture

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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