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Stool (USA), ca. 1935

This is a Stool. It was designed by Gilbert Rohde. It is dated ca. 1935 and we acquired it in 1991. Its medium is steel, enamel, vinyl. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Gilbert Rohde, most well-known for his designs for Herman Miller, also created simple, modern, modular pieces for smaller manufacturers like the Troy Sunshade Company, which produced a line of his tubular steel furniture in the 1930s. Rohde, who became familiar with the bent-steel work of European designers during an overseas trip in 1927, believed the machine was the tool of his era and steel its material.

It is credited Gift of Mel Byars.

  • Mezzadro Stool, 1957
  • lacquered metal, chrome-plated bent steel, beechwood.
  • Gift of International Contract Furninshings, Inc..
  • 1978-144-1

Our curators have highlighted 1 object that are related to this one.

  • Table (USA), ca. 1928
  • enameled metal, aluminum, wood.
  • Museum purchase from Decorative Arts Association Acquisition and General....
  • 1993-111-4

Its dimensions are

H x diam.: 61 x 37.3 cm (24 in. x 14 11/16 in.)

It has the following markings

Decal on base: "TROY / THE TROY SUNSHADE CO. / TROY, OHIO"

Cite this object as

Stool (USA), ca. 1935; Designed by Gilbert Rohde (American, 1894–1944); steel, enamel, vinyl; H x diam.: 61 x 37.3 cm (24 in. x 14 11/16 in.); Gift of Mel Byars; 1991-59-3

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