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Chair

  • Date:

    1962 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Birch frame; moulded plywood seat

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.43-1970

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Stacking chair designed by Carl Johan Boman. 1962. Manufactured by Wilhelm Schauman, Helsinki. Birch frame with moulded plywood folding seat, surfaced black.

Description of V&A object from Hollis, R. 1970. Modern Chairs:1918-1970. The Whitechapel Art Gallery, London:
The seats need to be folded upwards first, but the chairs then make a compact horizontal stack which is completely stable, and which does not transfer any accumulation of weight from one end of the stack to the other. The makers have recently ceased manufacture of all furniture and the chair is not currently in production.

Date

1962 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Birch frame; moulded plywood seat

Dimensions

Height: 74.9 cm From grey file, Depth: 43.8 cm From grey file, Width: 48.8 cm From grey file, Height: 40 cm Seat height; from grey file

Object history note

Stacking chair, GF40/4, designed by David Rowland, 1964. Manufactured by the General Fireproofing Company, Youngstown, USA. Awarded the Grand Prix at the Triennale Exhibition in Milan 1964. The American Interior Design International Award in 1965, and a Gold Medal at the third International Furniture Exhibition in Vienna 1968.

Description of V&A object from Hollis, R. 1970. Modern Chairs:1918-1970. The Whitechapel Art Gallery, London:
Forty of these strong, rigid, fireproof and finely detailed chairs can be placed in a stack only four feet high overall – at a far greater density in fact than any comparable chair, either in current or imaginable production. It can be adapted for linked seating in rows, and the vinyl seat covering is offered in a range of six colours. It was awarded the Grand Prix at the Triennale Exhibition in Milan, in 1964; the American Interior Design International Award in 1965, and a Gold Medal at the third International Furniture Exhibition in Vienna 1968.

Description of Craftsman from Hollis, R. 1970. Modern Chairs:1918-1970. The Whitechapel Art Gallery, London:
David Rowland. Industrial designer, born Los Angeles. Trained Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan. Design assistant to Norman Bel Geddes; own office from 1954, New York; development of stacking chair over a period of eight years, 1956-64. Work exhibited Milan Triennale 1957, 1964(Gold Medal for GF 40/4 stacking chair) Les Assises Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris 1968

Descriptive line

Scandinavian 1962; Stacking chair designed by Carl Johan Boman. Manufactured by Wilhelm Schauman, Helsinki. Birch frame with moulded plywood folding seat, surfaced black.

Materials

Birch; Plywood

Techniques

Moulded

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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