Armchair, Model DAF
On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
In this chair, George Nelson experimented with the same materials and forms as did his contemporaries, but with a different result. The fiberglass shell of his chair is two-toned, with a sweeping void between the two sections, deliberately denying the unity to which other designers aspired. Nelson ran a large design firm, and many of the works attributed to his office were actually designed by employees. This chair was probably created by Charles Pollack.
Fiberglass, steel, rubber
31 1/2 x 28 1/2 x 21 3/4 in. (80 x 72.4 x 55.2 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Barry Friedman
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Charles Pollock (American, 1930-2013). Armchair, Model DAF, ca. 1956. Fiberglass, steel, rubber, 31 1/2 x 28 1/2 x 21 3/4 in. (80 x 72.4 x 55.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Barry Friedman, 84.275.5. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 84.275.5_bw.jpg)
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Back and seat of two separate pieces of molded fiberglass: the chair back and armrests are gray and the seat and sides are white. The back is open. The two pieces are joined under armrests with epoxy. Seat center mounted over pedestal base of four tapered and curved steel tube legs bundled together into center column and fitted into quatrefoil plate of black steel that "re-branches" into four arms, quatrefoil plate supports chair and is attached to underside with epoxy. Legs are black and fitted with small black rubber shoes.
CONDITION: Generally very good; a few scratches on arm, crest rail and seat. Along the curve of the front of the seat there is some pitting, which has accumulated dirt and/or become discolored to black. At the two front points on the seat where the seat rests on its legs, a fine network of cracks is developing, which are slightly discolored.
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