The legendary Bauhaus architect Walter Gropius designed the rarely seen "W199" armchair in 1951 with Benjamin Thompson, a fellow professor at Harvard. Gropius' teaching career came to an end a year or two later, and he returned to practicing architecture full-time, as principal of the firm he established with Thompson and six other former Harvard colleagues, The Architects' Collaborative. These armchairs work equally well as dining chairs, desk chairs, or reading chairs. They are beautifully constructed of solid nutwood, and are quite comfortable, even for prolonged periods of sitting. A pair of these chairs are available, each of which has a hand-polished lacquer finish in a beautiful shade of bluish gray.
Literature: Winfried Nerdinger, Der Architekt Gropius, Mann, Berlin, 1996, p. 309; Siegfried Giedion, Walter Gropius, Dover, New York, 1992, p. 106.