Skip Navigation

"Beta" Chair

Decorative Arts and Design

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
MEDIUM Tubular steel, wood, upholstery
  • Place Manufactured: Geneva, Illinois, United States
  • DATES 1930
    DIMENSIONS 26 x 22 7/8 x 27 1/2 in. (66 x 58.1 x 69.9 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS no marks
    SIGNATURE no signature
    INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
    CREDIT LINE Gift of the artist
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION "Beta" chair (prototype), a cantilevered armchair made from a tubular steel frame and dark green upholstered seat. The frame consists of two identical sections: each section is a continuous tube of two parallel "C" shapes (in elevation) that are connected by a rounded curve. These framing sections are stacked on top of each other so that the rounded curve of the top forms the seat back / armrests and the corresponding part on the bottom forms the base. The bar of the seat back / armrests is covered with a tubular upholstered cushion. A wood framed and upholstered seat is carried by flange extending from section where two frame pieces are joined. CONDITION: Chair recently restored; frame is rechromed, reupholstered by Delta. Three drilled holes at top of rear of base. Minor scuffs to frame, with one very noticeable scratch at proper right center of base. Upholstery bunched under middle of back.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
    CAPTION Nathan George Horwitt (American, 1898–1990). "Beta" Chair, 1930. Tubular steel, wood, upholstery, 26 x 22 7/8 x 27 1/2 in. (66 x 58.1 x 69.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the artist , 85.155. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 85.155_view1_bw.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 85.155_view1_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
    "CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
    You may download and use Brooklyn Museum images of this three-dimensional work in accordance with a Creative Commons license. Fair use, as understood under the United States Copyright Act, may also apply. Please include caption information from this page and credit the Brooklyn Museum. If you need a high resolution file, please fill out our online application form (charges apply). For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress, Cornell University, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums, and Copyright Watch. For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright. If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact
    Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome any additional information you might have.