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Usonian Side Chair

This is a Side Chair. It was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. It is dated ca. 1950 and we acquired it in 1997. Its medium is plywood, plain woven polyester. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

This chair is believed to have come from the Robert D. Winn House in Kalamazoo, Michigan, one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian homes— affordable housing designed for middle-class families. The architect used the adjective “usonian” to describe the unique character of the American landscape. Usonian furniture designs were simple and intended to be made on-site by the same carpenter engaged to do a building’s millwork; geometric planes of plywood echo the modular components of the homes. It is possible that the wing detail on the leg was not part of Wright’s original design and was added by a carpenter taking artistic license.

This object was donated by Anonymous. It is credited Gift of Anonymous Donor.

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 73.5 x 63.5 x 62 cm (28 15/16 in. x 25 in. x 24 7/16 in.)

Cite this object as

Usonian Side Chair; Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright (American, 1867–1959); USA; plywood, plain woven polyester; H x W x D: 73.5 x 63.5 x 62 cm (28 15/16 in. x 25 in. x 24 7/16 in.); Gift of Anonymous Donor; 1997-90-1-a/c

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Ellen DeGeneres Selects.

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