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1984.43 (RS30880)

Description

Paired curved sections form seat, fixed by steel rod; black

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Used in Cherished Possessions 2003-2005: Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius found the Japanese aesthetic intensely inspirational when he traveled to Japan in 1954. These stools, designed the same year Gropius visited, and perhaps acquired by him there, occupy pride of place in the living room of the Gropius House in Lincoln, Massachusetts. With their lilting curvilinear lines typical of Japanese design, the stools possess qualities Gropius advocated throughout his career-use of modern materials, simplicity of design, and a marriage of craft and technology.
Highlights of the furniture collection: When Bauhaus architect Walter Gropius traveled to Japan in 1954, he was inspired by the Japanese aesthetic. These stools, designed the year of his visit, and perhaps acquired by him there, occupy pride of place in the living room of the Gropius House in Lincoln, Massachusetts. That house, which came to Historic New England in 1984, showcases what many believe to be the best example of Bauhaus furnishings to survive anywhere outside of Germany.
Maker
Yanagi, Sori (Designer)
Tendo Compnay (Manufacturer)
Date
1956
Location of origin
Tokyo, Japan
Associated Building
Original to Gropius House (Lincoln, Mass.).
Material
painting (coating)
plywood
steel (alloy)
Object type
Furniture
Descriptive terms
Birch
Modern
Modern (styles and periods)
Painted
painting (coating)
plywood
Steel
steel (alloy)
Stool
stools (seating furniture)
Dimensions
13 3/4 x 17 1/8 x 12 1/4 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1984.43
Credit Line
Bequest of Ise Gropius
GUSN
56332

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