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George Mulhauser Dining Room Chairs

Reflecting on George Mulhauser’s decades-long career conjures up images of him sitting in his well-known Mr. Chair — a luxurious reclining mid-century modern lounge chair for Plycraft made from a single sheet of plywood — and thinking to himself what mark he would leave on the world of furniture design.

Mulhauser studied industrial design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and graduated in 1953. His early designs were quite venturesome and landed him his first design job in the Manhattan studio of architect, journalist and designer George Nelson, who was the director of design for legendary Michigan furniture manufacturer Herman Miller.

In 1955, Mulhauser designed his now-immediately recognizable Coconut chair. Angular and visually striking, this alluring lounge chair, with its sloping molded plastic shell, was something of a prelude. Soon, Mulhauser would make the acquaintance of American furniture designer Paul McCobb. Mulhauser collaborated with McCobb on concepts for molded fiberglass chairs, and McCobb’s Origami chair for Directional would become a big hit on the mid-20th century market.

Mulhauser kept busy. In his home studio, he sketched out each furniture design on paper and then translated them to handmade scale models. Mulhauser engaged his neighbors and family in trying out his sophisticated seating and gathered feedback for improvements. He designed his Mr. Chair for Plycraft — an adjustable armchair with a seat of tufted leather that yielded a series — and collaborated with many other companies throughout his career, including Directional, Singer, Overman and the Design Institute of America. He also taught furniture design at Pratt Institute, while the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts brought him on as an instructor of 3-D design.

On 1stDibs, find a collection of vintage George Mulhauser chairs, lounge chairs and other furniture.

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Creator: George Mulhauser
Set of 6 George Mulhauser Swivel Chairs for Plycraft
By Plycraft, George Mulhauser
Located in New York, NY
Set of 6 George Mulhauser swivel chairs for Plycraft. Walnut frames with fabric covered seats. Scrolled arms.
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1950s Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Mulhauser Dining Room Chairs

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George Mulhauser for Plycraft Sultana Chairs, Set of Four
By Plycraft, George Mulhauser
Located in South Bend, IN
A rare and stylish set of four Mid-Century Modern "Sultana" dining or club chairs By George Mulhauser for Plycraft, USA, 1960s Measures: 23" W x 21" D x 23.5" H. Seat height...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Mulhauser Dining Room Chairs

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Bentwood, Lacquer, Upholstery

Set of 6 Bent Plywood Dining Chairs by Cherner for Plycraft
By Plycraft, George Mulhauser
Located in New York, NY
Rare set of six bent plywood chairs designed by Cherner for Plycraft. This set consists of four side chairs and two armchairs. The chairs are in excellent original condition, showing...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Mulhauser Dining Room Chairs

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Upholstery, Plywood

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George Mulhauser dining room chairs for sale on 1stDibs.

George Mulhauser dining room chairs are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of George Mulhauser dining room chairs, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original dining room chairs by George Mulhauser were created in the mid-century modern style in united states during the mid-20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider dining room chairs by Richard McCarthy, Glenn of California, and Weiman/Warren Lloyd. Prices for George Mulhauser dining room chairs can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $6,295 and can go as high as $32,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $6,500.
Questions About George Mulhauser Dining Room Chairs
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 31, 2023
    George Mulhauser was a furniture designer. He is best known for designing a chair called Mr. Chair, a luxurious reclining mid-century modern lounge chair for Plycraft made from a single sheet of plywood. Other famous designs by Mulhauser include the Coconut chair and the Origami chair. Shop a range of George Mulhauser furniture on 1stDibs.

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