Share your favorites on Show & Tell

Handmade Modern Chair circa 1950 Plywood Prototype?

In Furniture > Chairs > Show & Tell and Furniture > Eames Chairs > Show & Tell.
Chairs2391 of 2402Cool tripod carry around chairWilliam ans Mary halfback rocking chair
Love it
Like it

ho2cultchaho2cultcha loves this.
charmsomeonecharmsomeone likes this.
austrohungaroaustrohungaro loves this.
miKKoChristmas11miKKoChristmas11 loves this.
JamesJames likes this.
geekasaurusgeekasaurus loves this.
ChadakoinChadakoin loves this.
Savoychina1Savoychina1 likes this.
MsDowAntiquesMsDowAntiques loves this.
badrabbitgirlbadrabbitgirl loves this.
See 8 more
Add to collection

Please create an account, or Log in here

If you don't have an account, create one here.

Create a Show & TellReport as inappropriate

Posted 8 years ago


(203 items)

A handmade and primtive modern chair. Found in Michigan not far from the Herman Miller factory, this early, small, three-legged chair has an old plywood patina and a rough-cutout form. Easily 50 years old, it looks like a Calder. No nails or screws were used in construction, all pieces are joined by glue.
Any help or suggestions?

Unsolved Mystery

Help us close this case. Add your knowledge below.


  1. Savoychina1 Savoychina1, 8 years ago
    I don't think it is "plywood" exactly. I think it is spruce or pine with a veneer on either side. In the first picture there is a knot hole on the left end of the top brace on the back of the chair. In the third photo, again, there is a knot hole in the bottom brace.

    Based on the size it could be a prototype, salesmans sample, or made for someones doll.

  2. Jim Linderman, 7 years ago
    I believe you are right, it has a veneer. There is a tiny chip on the bottom of one leg near the fruit! I think that is a veneer chip. But would it have been applied before construction?
    Or was there commercially available veneer wood then? This was handmade, and with considerable effort and design skills (it easily supports me, though looks light as a feather)
    but the maker certainly wouldn't have taken the time to apply a veneer himself, right?
    THANKS Jim Linderman
  3. cis2you cis2you, 7 years ago
    what a beautiful chair- reminds me of the THONET chairs. Have you checked them out?

Want to post a comment?

Create an account or login in order to post a comment.