Stool

Collection Type

  • Furniture

Date

1956

GUSN

GUSN-56332

Description

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

Details

Descriptive Terms

stools (seating furniture)
plywood
painting (coating)
steel (alloy)
Modern (styles and periods)
Birch
Painted
Modern
Steel
Stool

Label

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.

Associated Building

Original to Gropius House (Lincoln, Mass.),

Maker

Yanagi, Sori (Designer)
Tendo Compnay (Manufacturer)

Location of Origin

Tokyo, Japan

Object Type

Furniture

Dimensions

13 3/4 x 17 1/8 x 12 1/4 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Bequest of Ise Gropius

Accession Number

1984.43