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American Decorative Arts
Designer: Robert Venturi, American, 1925–2018
Manufacturer: Knoll Inc., American, founded 1938

Side Chair

1987

Plywood with bird's eye maple veneer

35 11/16 × 25 1/2 × 23 1/4 in. (90.6 × 64.7 × 59.1 cm)
Gift of Linda Lindroth
1987.63.1
The series of chairs that the husband-and-wife architect team Denise Scott Brown and Robert Venturi developed for Knoll International mixes metaphors in order to offer irony and delight. The form of this chair echoes the eighteenth-century designs of the London cabinetmaker Thomas Chippendale, while the bird’s-eye maple veneer evokes early American furniture.
Geography: 
Made in East Greenville, Pennsylvania
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
American
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Furniture
Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions 1985–1987,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin 40, no. 2 (Spring 1988): 126, ill.

Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 98, ill.

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