Not currently on display at the V&A

Barrel back armchair

1983 (made)
Place of origin

Armchair with black lacquer finish. Semi-circular back.

Object details

Object type
TitleBarrel back armchair (generic title)
Materials and techniques
lacquered bentwood
Brief description
Black lacquer chair, designed by Richard Meier and manufactured by Knoll International. American, 1983.
Physical description
Armchair with black lacquer finish. Semi-circular back.
  • Height: 71cm
  • Width: 54cm
  • Depth: 51cm
Taken from register
Gallery label
CHAIR Designed by Richard Meier (American, born 1934) Manufactured by Knoll International Black lacquer finish 1983 This chair is a modern interpretation of a number of bentwood designs by the Austrian architect Josef Hoffmann, originally made around 1900. Viennese design from the turn of the century was particularly imitated during the 1980s both by modernist designers such as Meier and post-Modernists who took a less reverential approach to the design of the past. Meier originally designed this chair for the library of the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Given by Knoll International W.23-1990(1990-2006)
Credit line
Given by Knoll International
Bibliographic reference
Domus, 1983
Accession number

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Record createdJanuary 29, 2008
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