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Gilbert Rohde Seating

American, 1894-1944

Pioneering self-taught industrial designer, writer and teacher Gilbert Rohde helped define the earliest phase of modernism in the United States. He is one of the most influential figures of 20th-century design and is credited with helping legendary mid-century modern furniture manufacturer Herman Miller avert financial disaster during the Great Depression.

Born in New York City, Rohde studied painting at the Art Students League after high school. He found lucrative employment, first as a political cartoonist and then as a catalog illustrator for American department stores. He was particularly enthralled with drawing furnished interiors.

Rohde began to design furniture in his spare time. He traveled to the Bauhaus school in Germany and the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts in Paris, and drew on the Art Deco movement and the work of designers such as Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann in his early pieces. Rohde opened his own studio in 1929 and secured private and commercial commissions. His clients would come to include formidable furniture makers Heywood-Wakefield and Troy Sunshade, and his innovative bentwood furnishings for them were practical and intended for the modern consumer.

In 1930, Rohde met Herman Miller founder D.J. De Pree in the company’s Michigan showroom during a business trip. By then, Rohde had a long list of prominent clients and his furniture had been exhibited in museums and galleries. Herman Miller was weathering a devastating slowdown in business, and the American furniture industry had generally been hit hard by the Great Depression.

Rohde boldly informed De Pree that the brand’s furniture had become outdated, which was part of the reason the company was in financial jeopardy. Homes had become smaller and could no longer accommodate the large Gothic– and Victorian–style furnishings and traditional reproductions of period bedroom suites that Herman Miller was offering at the time, Rohde explained.

Rohde secured a contract to design for the Michigan manufacturer. He championed the use of exotic woods and tubular steel, and created streamlined, unadorned bedroom furniture for Herman Miller — collections that included convenient vanities, which were unconventional pieces for De Pree’s company back then.

In 1933, Rohde oversaw the design of two bedrooms featuring sleek Herman Miller furniture — including innovative storage pieces he designed — as part of an International–style exhibit at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair. The installation garnered acclaim for De Pree’s brand all over the world and afforded Rohde the opportunity to execute on his visionary ideas in front of a global audience. Rohde later designed lighting, seating and more for Herman Miller and was extensively involved in the company's marketing strategy and other areas of the business.

In 1942, Herman Miller, anticipating a postwar economic boom, began to produce office furniture for the first time, but its legacy is in the home. Working with legendary designers such as Ray and Charles Eames, Isamu Noguchi and Alexander Girard, the manufacturer fostered some of the boldest expressions of what we now call mid-century modern style.

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Creator: Gilbert Rohde
Gilbert Rohde for Troy Sunshade 3 Position Lounge Chair and Ottoman
By Gilbert Rohde, Troy Sunshade Company
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Gilbert Rohde for Troy Sunshade Chrome and Leather 3 Position Lounge Chair. Rohde did some of his most amazing designs for Troy Sunshade. Designed in 1934 this early example, later m...
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1930s American Machine Age Vintage Gilbert Rohde Seating

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Chrome

Gilbert Rohde for Troy Cantilever Chair
By Gilbert Rohde, Troy Sunshade Company
Located in Garnerville, NY
Gilbert Rohde fro Troy Sunshade Model #180 upholstered cantilever chair. Circa 1939. New cushion in chartreuse fabric. Good restored condition. Not the original chrome electroplating...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Gilbert Rohde Seating

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Steel, Chrome

Unusual Art Deco Machine Age Side Chair, Gilbert Rhode
By Troy Sunshade Company, Gilbert Rohde
Located in Buffalo, NY
Unusual Art Deco Machine Age side chair / vanity stool designed by Gilbert Rhode for Troy Sunshade company, black oil cloth and tubular chrome. Amazing original condition, retains ea...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Gilbert Rohde Seating

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Chrome

Gilbert Rohde Side Chair
By Gilbert Rohde
Located in New York, NY
Linen blend upholstery with wood legs.
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1940s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gilbert Rohde Seating

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Wood, Upholstery

Pair of Gilbert Rohde Designs Armchairs
By Gilbert Rohde, Troy Sunshade Company
Located in Lambertville, NJ
A Pair of 1930’s design chairs for the Troy Sunshade Company and is manufactured from Steel Tube, enameled wood and synthetic fabric. All original, with some signs of age and use. ...
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1930s North American Art Deco Vintage Gilbert Rohde Seating

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Steel

Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller Dining Chairs Set of 6
By Herman Miller, Gilbert Rohde
Located in Chicago, IL
Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller dining chairs set of 6, Designed 1939, Model 3966 Solid Birchwood Chairs with original upholstery. Would benefit with new upholstery, We can provide ...
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1930s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gilbert Rohde Seating

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Upholstery, Birch

Gilbert Rohde Lounge Chair for Troy Sunshade Company
By Gilbert Rohde, Troy Sunshade Company
Located in Oak Harbor, OH
Designer: Gilbert Rohde Manufacturer: Troy Sunshade Company. Period or model: Art Deco. Specs: Chrome, Leather. Condition: This Gilbert Rohde lounge chair for Troy Sunshad...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Gilbert Rohde Seating

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Chrome

Art Deco Gilbert Rohde Streamline Sofa by Heywood-Wakefield, 1930
By Heywood-Wakefield Co., Gilbert Rohde
Located in Longdon, Tewkesbury
Art Deco Gilbert Rohde streamline sofa by Heywood-Wakefield 1930 Magnificent Art Deco Gilbert Rohde streamline sofa by Heywood-Wakefield USA circa 1930, with bentwood arms and new...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Gilbert Rohde Seating

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Bentwood

Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller Upholstered Slipper Chairs
By Herman Miller, Gilbert Rohde
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Wonderful pair of art deco, slipper, lounge chairs by Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller features a rounded profile with upholstered seat and back in a woven blue linen blend.
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Early 20th Century American Art Deco Gilbert Rohde Seating

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Mahogany, Fabric

1930s Art Deco Mahogany Low Table by Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Gilbert Rohde
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A low table or bench with a rectangular mahogany top floating a bent chromed steel base with sled feet.
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Gilbert Rohde Seating

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Steel

Pair of Gilbert Rohde Slipper Chairs
By Gilbert Rohde
Located in New York, NY
The Gilbert Rohde slipper chairs designed for Herman Miller, having an upholstered round seat supporting a separate upholstered back all on four turned legs.  
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20th Century Gilbert Rohde Seating

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Upholstery

Four Art Deco Gilbert Rohde For Heywood Wakefield Dining Chairs
By Gilbert Rohde, Heywood-Wakefield Co.
Located in Pasadena, TX
A set of four Art Deco dining chairs designed by Gilbert Rohde and made by Heywood Wakefield. Walnut frames with fabric upholstery. As shown in the last image, we also have a Gilbe...
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1930s American Vintage Gilbert Rohde Seating

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Fabric, Walnut

Set of 5 Rohde for Heywood Wakefield Dining Chairs
By Gilbert Rohde, Heywood-Wakefield Co.
Located in New York, NY
Rare early set of Art Deco dining chairs, designed by Gilbert Rohde for Heywood Wakefield. This set includes four side, or armless chairs, and one arm chair. This model is hard to fi...
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Mid-20th Century American Art Deco Gilbert Rohde Seating

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Upholstery, Wood

Gilbert Rohde, Rare Stool, Wood, Brown Leatherette, Herman Miller, 1940s
By Gilbert Rohde, Herman Miller
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A rare stool, designed by Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller, 1940s. In wood and brown leatherette/vinyl upholstery. Other designers of the period include Isamu Noguchi, Paul Frankl...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gilbert Rohde Seating

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Faux Leather, Wood

Rare Z-Stools by Gilbert Rohde with Leather Seats, 1933
By Gilbert Rohde
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Gilbert Rohde, Mid-Century Modern design The piano stool are designed by Gilbert Rohde and manufactured, 1930s. The stool can be used traditionally or as a bedside table, or as...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Gilbert Rohde Seating

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Steel

Art Deco Streamline Lounge Chair by Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller, circa 1937
By Gilbert Rohde, Herman Miller
Located in Buffalo, NY
Art Deco streamline lounge chair by Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller, circa 1937, amazing quality and design, extremely comfortable. Important transitional design from Art Deco to Mod...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Gilbert Rohde Seating

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Mohair, Wood

Rare Pair of Gilbert Rohde Chairs for Herman Miller, 1934
By Gilbert Rohde
Located in Dallas, TX
A rare pair of model 3451 chairs designed by Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller in 1934.
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1930s Vintage Gilbert Rohde Seating

Materials

Beech

Gilbert Rohde, Heywood Wakefield Side Chair
By Heywood-Wakefield Co., Gilbert Rohde
Located in Denver, CO
An early side chair in original condition and upholstery. Dating to the 1940s the transitional design crosses streamline moderne Art Deco lines with emerging midcentury simplicity.
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Gilbert Rohde Seating

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Upholstery, Maple

Set of Four Art Deco Chairs Gilbert Rohde Heywood Wakefield
By Gilbert Rohde, Heywood-Wakefield Co.
Located in Atlanta, GA
A set of four chairs designed in 1930s by Gilbert Rohde for Heywood Wakefield Gardener MA. Mahogany construction with arched back support. Cream color naugahyde upholstery with decor...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Gilbert Rohde Seating

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Upholstery, Mahogany

Glamorous Pair of 1940 Lounge Slipper Chairs by Gilbert Rohde
By Gilbert Rohde
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An elegant pair of lounge chairs by the iconic designer Gilbert Rohde, the color of the velvet is much more beautiful in person, it has a deep burgundy color.
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1940s American Art Deco Vintage Gilbert Rohde Seating

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Fabric, Wood

Gilbert Rohde Troy Sunshade Chromed Tubular Steel "Z" Bar Stool with Footrest
By Troy Sunshade Company, Gilbert Rohde
Located in Miami, FL
Designer Gilbert Rohde created this chrome counter height bar stool in 1933.  It has been professionally re-chromed and the tomato red boucle upholstery is recent. He worked for comp...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Gilbert Rohde Seating

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Steel, Chrome

Gilbert Rohde Art Deco Sofa and Coffee Table Heywood Wakefield Reduced
By Heywood-Wakefield Co., Gilbert Rohde
Located in Dallas, TX
Gilbert Rohde Art Deco sofa and coffee table for Heywood Wakefield. Price reduced from $5800. Documented "Bat-Wing" Rohde design for Heywood - Wakefield, circa 1931,. See Chris K...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Gilbert Rohde Seating

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Fabric, Maple

Gilbert Rohde, Lounge Chair, Chrome Steel, Vinyl Troy Sunshade Co., USA, 1940s
By Gilbert Rohde, Troy Sunshade Company
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An adjustable lounge chair with ottoman. Designed by Gilbert Rohde. Produced by Troy Sunshade Company, Troy, Ohio, 1940s. In tubular chrome steel. Vinyl upholstery, likely original.
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1940s American Machine Age Vintage Gilbert Rohde Seating

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Chrome

Gilbert Rohde for Heywood Wakefield Dining Chairs
By Gilbert Rohde
Located in Pasadena, TX
A set of six Art Deco dining chairs designed by Gilbert Rohde. Gilbert Rhode Collection, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution Bentwood and bent plywood...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Gilbert Rohde Seating

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Wood

Gilbert Rohde Slipper Lounge Chair
By Herman Miller, Gilbert Rohde
Located in St. Louis, MO
Gilbert Rohde slipper chair for Herman Miller, from the Hollywood glam years. Chair shown is already spoken for but we have another not yet reupholstered that is available. 4 yards ...
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1930s American Hollywood Regency Vintage Gilbert Rohde Seating

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Mahogany, Upholstery

Gilbert Rohde Art Deco Heywood Wakefield Seating with Original Fabric, Reduced
By Gilbert Rohde
Located in Dallas, TX
Gilbert Rohde Art Deco Heywood Wakefield reclining chair and ottoman. Possible original Dorothy Liebes fabric. Price reduced from $6800. Documented "Bat-Wing" Rohde design for He...
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Early 20th Century American Art Deco Gilbert Rohde Seating

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Fabric, Maple

Pair of Button Tufted Slipper Chairs by Gilbert Rohde
By Gilbert Rohde
Located in Asbury Park, NJ
Elegant pair of Button Tufted Slipper Chairs Designed by Gilbert Rohde For Herman Miller.
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1940s American Vintage Gilbert Rohde Seating

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Fabric, Mahogany

Set of Six Vintage Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller Dining Chairs
By Gilbert Rohde
Located in Locust Valley, NY
A set of six dining chairs, two arm chairs and four armless, in Mid-Century Modern design by Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller. Walnut legs and shades of coral textured fabric. Some se...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Gilbert Rohde Seating

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Fabric, Walnut

Embossed Silk Sculptural Bench by Gilbert Rohde
By Herman Miller, Gilbert Rohde
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An unusual and expressive bench having a sculptural rounded form with patinated brass nailhead trim and a rich embossed silk fabric resting on squared mahogany feet.
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gilbert Rohde Seating

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Upholstery, Mahogany

Gilbert Rohde Streamline Art Deco Settee and Lounge Chair Set
By Gilbert Rohde
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Gilbert Rohde designed streamline settee and lounge chair featuring a matching set both with a floating set and shaped Art Deco speed arms. Measurements Settee: 45" wide x 30" de...
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1930s American Vintage Gilbert Rohde Seating

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Wood

Art Deco Streamline Lounge Chair Designed by Gilbert Rohde for Heywood Wakefield
By Heywood-Wakefield Co., Gilbert Rohde
Located in Buffalo, NY
Art Deco lounge chair designed by Gilbert Rohde for Heywood Wakefield, Classic Art Deco streamline design, superior 1930s quality and heavy spring construction. Painted gold wood fra...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Gilbert Rohde Seating

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Velvet, Wood

Machine Age Art Deco Gilbert Rohde for Troy Sunshade Flat Band Springer Chair
By Gilbert Rohde, Troy Sunshade Company
Located in Dallas, TX
Machine Age Art Deco Gilbert Rohde for Troy sunshade flat band Springer chair Model # 180, Spring-base chair, 1939 Troy chrome furniture A Classic original Rohde design, with cha...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Gilbert Rohde Seating

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Chrome

Pair of Original Gilbert Rohde for Troy Sunshade Machine Age Armchairs
By Gilbert Rohde
Located in Dallas, TX
Rare pair of streamline square-tube satin chromium Rohde Art Deco designs. Troy Streamline model # 166 armchair. Original satin chrome with uncommon original leather option. Gre...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Gilbert Rohde Seating

Gilbert Rohde for Heywood Wakefield Set of 4 Dining Chairs
By Gilbert Rohde
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Nice set of 4 1930s dining chairs by Gilbert Rohde and produced by Heywood Wakefield. Great scale, and actually comfortable! Material shows some wear, use as is or reupholster! Uniqu...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Gilbert Rohde Seating

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Upholstery, Maple

Machine Age Art Deco Gilbert Rohde for Troy Sunshade Classic #19 Easy Chair
By Gilbert Rohde, Troy Sunshade Company
Located in Dallas, TX
Machine Age Art Deco Gilbert Rohde for Troy sunshade Classic #19 easy chair lounge chair club chair Iconic Rohde design, featured in 1934 Troy streamline metal catalog. "Made by T...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Gilbert Rohde Seating

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Enamel, Chrome

Elusive Art Deco Barrel Armchair by Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller, 1930s
By Herman Miller, Gilbert Rohde
Located in Buffalo, NY
Elusive Art Deco barrel armchair by Gilbert Rohde for Herman Miller, 1930s. Richly grained solid mahogany frame chair retains original fabric, structurally sound, not only extremely ...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Gilbert Rohde Seating

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Mahogany, Fabric

Gilbert Rohde seating for sale on 1stDibs

Gilbert Rohde Seats are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Gilbert Rohde seating collection, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 34 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of the original seating by Gilbert Rohde were created in North America during the 20th century in the Art Deco style. If you are looking for additional seating, many customers also consider seating by Troy Sunshade Company, Kem Weber and Warren McArthur. Prices for Gilbert Rohde seating can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $750 and tops out at $28,000, while pieces like these can sell for $3,550 on average.

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