Design for a Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic Chair, for 'There's a Science to Seating' in the Journal 'Modern Plastics'

Robert Gruen (American, 1913–1999)
ca. 1948–1960
graphite, white pencil and white gouache
Sheet: 23 1/16 × 16 11/16 in. (58.5 × 42.4 cm)
Drawings, Ornament & Architecture
Credit Line:
Gift of Robert Gruen, 1986
Accession Number:
Not on view
Design for a plastic chair reinforced with fiberglass. Four different views of the chair are given. The main view shows the chair at an angle. Below it, from left to right a side view, a view from above and a view from the front are represented. The chair is characterized by its molded plastic seating area and its frame structure. The legs are not placed at the four corners of the seat but at the front, back and two sides describing a lozenge shape. In the front and the side view three legs are therefore visible where in general one would only see two.
Signature: GRUEN [vertical on the page]

Inscription: From left to right and top to bottom: © Robert Gruen [on a sticker]; GRUEN [vertical on the page]; '8 3/8"'. On the verso: ROBERT GRUEN ASSOCIATES / CHAIR DRAWING FOR "THERE'S A SCIENCE TO SEATING" - MODERN PLASTICS
Robert Gruen; Donor: Robert Gruen (American)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Living in Style: Five Centuries of Interior Design from the Collection of Drawings and Prints," June 17, 2013–September 9, 2013.