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"Sof-Tech" Side Chair

Decorative Arts

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
MEDIUM Tubular steel, plastic-coated springs
  • Place Manufactured: York, Pennsylvania, United States
  • DATES ca. 1979
    DIMENSIONS 29 7/8 x 19 1/2 x 16 7/8 in. (75.9 x 49.5 x 42.9 cm) Seat Height: 17 in. (43.2 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS Paper label affixed to underside of seat frame: "Sof-Tech Collection TM / designed for Thonet by / David Rowland [in script] TM / US PATS 3,720, 568; 3,767,261; / 3,843,477; 3,845,986 / CAN PAT: 960,380 (74). / Other patents pending"
    SIGNATURE no signature
    INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
    COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
    ACCESSION NUMBER 84.33.2
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Thonet
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION David Rowland (American, born 1924). "Sof-Tech" Side Chair, ca. 1979. Tubular steel, plastic-coated springs, 29 7/8 x 19 1/2 x 16 7/8 in. (75.9 x 49.5 x 42.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Thonet, 84.33.2. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, 84.33.2_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Tubular chrome-plated steel frame with plastic-coated gridded sheet for seat and back. Frame composed of a pair of straight stiles, curving back slightly at the top, and a single length of steel running from the foot of both legs, around the sides and back of the seat. The seat and back are each composed of a length of plastic-covered ("Soflex") grid (with rounded lines), arching slightly upward from side to side. CONDITION: Excellent, no noticeable wear.
    RECORD COMPLETENESS Good (76%)
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