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American Decorative Arts
Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery
Designer: Eero Saarinen, American, born Finland, 1910–1961
Manufacturer: Knoll Inc., American, founded 1938

Side Chair

designed 1956

Aluminum base, fused plastic finish, molded plastic shell reinforced with fiberglass, upholstered seat cushion

31 3/4 × 19 1/2 × 16 3/4 in. (80.6 × 49.5 × 42.5 cm)
seat: 16 3/8 in. (41.6 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
This chair is from Eero Saarinen’s Single Pedestal Furniture series, which included an armchair and a variety of tables. Although the seat of the chair is plastic and the base is aluminum, they appear to be one material and were Saarinen’s answer to a “slum of legs.”
Made in East Greenville, Pennsylvania
On view
20th century

“Acquisitions 1975,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin 36, no. 1 (Fall 1976): 53.

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