Stool

Collection Type

  • Furniture

Date

1954

GUSN

GUSN-56333

Description

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

Details

Descriptive Terms

stools (seating furniture)
plywood
birch (wood)
painting (coating)
steel (alloy)
Modern (styles and periods)
Stool

Label

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.
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

Dimensions

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

Credit Line

Bequest of Ise Gropius

Accession Number

1984.33