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Eight "Kleinhans" Chairs by Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen, 1939

$42,000per set

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A rare set of eight chairs by Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen for the Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, 1939. The Kleinhans music hall chair is an early collaboration by Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen involving molded plywood. Developed at the same time as their chairs for the Crow Island School in Winnetka, Illinois, these designs are inspired by the work of Alvar Aalto in Finland and are among the first furniture in the United States to utilize molded plywood. The following year, Eames and Saarinen submitted their groundbreaking compound-molded plywood furniture for the Organic Design Competition at the Museum of Modern Art. - Wright.

Details

  • Creator
    Eero Saarinen (Designer),Charles and Ray Eames (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 30 in. (76.2 cm)Width: 19 in. (48.26 cm)Depth: 23 in. (58.42 cm)Seat Height: 17 in. (43.18 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 8
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1939
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Original condition with wear to original finish and vinyl. Structurally sound.
  • Seller Location
    Dallas, TX
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU851819853292

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    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

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About the Designer

Eero Saarinen

Through his work as an architect and designer, Eero Saarinen was a prime mover in the introduction of modernism into the American mainstream. Particularly affecting were the organic, curvilinear forms seen in Saarinen’s furniture and his best-known structures: the gull-winged TWA Flight Center at John F. Kennedy airport in New York (opened 1962), Dulles International Airport in Virginia (1962) and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri (1965). Saarinen had a peerless modernist pedigree. His father, Eliel Saarinen, was an eminent Finnish architect who in 1932 became the first head of the Cranbrook Academy of Art in suburban Detroit. The school became synonymous with progressive design and decorative arts in the United States, and while studying there the younger Saarinen met and befriended several luminaries of mid-century modernism, among them Harry Bertoia and Charles and Ray Eames. At Cranbrook, Saarinen also met Florence Schust Knoll, who, as director of her husband Hans Knoll's eponymous furniture company, would put Saarinen’s best designs into production. These include the Grasshopper chair, designed in 1946 and so named because its angled bentwood frame resembles the insect; the Tulip chair (1956), a flower-shaped fiberglass shell mounted on a cast-aluminum pedestal; and the lushly contoured Womb lounge chair and ottoman (1948). In his furniture as in his architecture, the keynotes of Eero Saarinen’s designs are simplicity, strength and grace.
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