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Chair

  • Date:

    1964 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Chromium plated steel frame; seat and back stamped out of vinyl-covered sheet metal; plastic spaver pads.

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.38-1970

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Chromium plated steel frame, the front and back legs at each side forming a bar along the floor. Seat and back stamped out of vinyl-covered sheet metal. The chair has a flange along the back leg, and plastic spaver pads for fixing in rows.

Date

1964 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Chromium plated steel frame; seat and back stamped out of vinyl-covered sheet metal; plastic spaver pads.

Marks and inscriptions

GF / BUSINESS FURNITURE / 40/4 / CHAIR / designed by / [printed signature] david Rowland / U.S. Patent no. 3080194 / Other U.S. and Foreign Patents Pending / Forest City, North Carolina Division / The General Fireproofing Company / Youngstown, Ohio 44501 / [stamped] F05168[over] No. Color
paper label on underside of base

Dimensions

Height: 76.5 cm, Width: 51 cm, Depth: 53 cm, Height: 45.2 cm seat

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

Stacking, model GF40/4. Designed by David Rowland, 1964. Manufactured by the General Fireproofing Company, Youngstown, USA.; Chromium-plated steel frame; vinyl-covered sheet metal seat and back.

Materials

Steel; Sheet metal

Categories

Plastic; Furniture

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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