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KEM Weber

American, German, 1889-1963

Architect and designer Kem Weber arrived in the United States in the vanguard of a wave of progressive Central European talents — among them, Rudolph Schindler, Richard Neutra, Paul T. Frankl and Ilonka Karascz — who would profoundly affect the course of modernism in the United States. In his new home, Weber created a wholly American form of modern design that is sleek and stylish, yet comfortable and practical.

Karl Emanuel Martin Weber — “Kem” was his self-styled nom d’usage — was born and trained in Berlin. In 1914, he became an accidental immigrant to the U.S.. Sent to San Francisco by his teacher-turned-employer, architect Bruno Paul, to oversee an installation at a global design expo, Weber was marooned by the outbreak of World War I. But he quickly grew to love California, even if his early years there were difficult. When design commissions were hard to find, he took jobs as a lumberjack, chicken farmer and art school teacher. (He gained U.S. citizenship in 1924.)

In the mid-1920s, while working for the Los Angeles–based Barker Bros. department store — the largest furniture retailer in the country at the time — Weber regularly traveled around the nation to deliver lectures on modernism. His reputation as a champion of a new, clean and elegant style earned him architectural commissions and contracts to design furniture and items such silverware, coffee services and cocktail shakers. His masterpiece is the Airline lounge chair, designed 1934-1935. With its raked, gently angular frame and cantilevered seat, the chair suggests movement, speed and forward progress. Though it seemed perfect for mass production, Weber was never able to convince a major manufacturer to take it on. In the end, fewer than 300 Airline chairs were made. Today, those may be the rarest examples of Weber’s work, but are always worth looking out for. As you will see on these pages, his designs are both intelligent and stylish. They deserve to be a part of any serious collection of American modernism.

Seldom seen Kem Weber / Lloyds, Chromed Steel Art Deco Lounge Chair c 1934
By lloyd manufacturing co., Kem Weber
Located in Buffalo, NY
Streamline Moderne iconic design by Karl Emanuel Martin (K.E.M.) Weber designed in 1934 and manufactured '35-37 by Lloyd Manufacturing. Uncommon and most sought after form of seating...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage KEM Weber

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Chrome

Art Deco Machine Age Console Table by KEM Weber for Lloyd Furniture c. 1930's
By lloyd manufacturing co., Kem Weber
Located in New York, NY
Exceptional Art Deco, Machine Age console table designed by KEM Weber for Lloyd Furniture Company circa 1930's. The table features a stylized tubular chrome base, which supports the...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage KEM Weber

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Chrome

Important Set of Four Triple Band Chrome Club Chairs by KEM Webber for Lloyd
By Kem Weber, Lloyd Loom
Located in New York, NY
Rare set of four matching Art Deco club chairs, designed by Ken Webber, for Lloyd Furniture circa 1930's. This series was produced in the 1930's, examples of which are not often see...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage KEM Weber

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Chrome

Kem Weber for Lloyd Mfg, chromed steel and red/coral vinyl, 1930 Art Deco
By Kem Weber
Located in Clifton Springs, NY
Lovely example of (Karl Emmanuel Martin) Kem Weber Cantilever Lounge Chair manufactured by Lloyd. Vinyl is in a surprisingly good condition with few minor pinhead size spots. It is...
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Early 20th Century American Machine Age KEM Weber

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Steel, Chrome

Rare Important Art Deco Lounge Chair by Kem Weber for Lloyd
By Kem Weber
Located in Chicago, IL
Rare Important Design Art Deco Lounge Chair by Kem Weber for Lloyd. All original in as found condition. Original Red Upholstery.
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Early 20th Century American Art Deco KEM Weber

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Chrome

KEM Weber Counter Height Chrome Stool
By Kem Weber
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Art deco, counter height stool by KEM Weber features a chrome frame with marbleized vinyl seat and back.
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Early 20th Century American Art Deco KEM Weber

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Chrome

KEM Weber Counter Height Chrome Stool
KEM Weber Counter Height Chrome Stool
H 32.5 in W 14 in D 16 in
Art Deco Silver and Marble Digital Mantel Clock Model 975 by Lawson, Circa 1930
By Kem Weber
Located in Van Nuys, CA
An early circa 1930s cyclometer model 975 electric digital clock housed in a wonderful silver architectural case with stepped chromed art deco accents and a marble base. Introducing...
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1930s Vintage KEM Weber

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Onyx, Silver Plate, Brass

Art Deco Chrome Tubular Sofa & Lounge Chair Set in Black Leather by Kem Weber
By Kem Weber
Located in Chicago, IL
Art Deco Chrome Tubular Sofa & Lounge Chair Set in Black Leather - Set of 2 This exquisite Art Deco sofa and lounge chair set designed by Kem Weber showcases the iconic streamline ...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage KEM Weber

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Chrome

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Kem Weber furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Kem Weber furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Kem Weber furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Kem Weber were created in the Art Deco style in united states during the 1930s. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Sally Sirkin Lewis, Warren McArthur Corporation, and Zenith. Prices for Kem Weber furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $495 and can go as high as $97,750, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $3,200.

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