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Furniture ➔ Arm Chair, Power Play

Identifier:
1994.43.1
Description:
Made wholly of bent maple straps, straps which begin at rear of chair, loop at top and continue as the warp of a woven seat. Straps which form scrolled arm rests continue toward floor to form looped trestle legs and continue again as bottom of woven seat. With footstool, it forms a chaise lounge. Clear finish.;Experimentation with materials such as bent plywood continued into the 1990's. Architect Frank Gehry designed imaginative shapes in bentwood furniture, all named after hockey terms. Production of these designs created a patnership between Davidson Plyforms, a Grand Rapids veteran, and The Knoll Group, which had only recently become a West Michigan manufacturer. The paper thin curves and woven design of their pieces appear fragile, disguising the true structural strength.
Date:
1994
Materials:
Maple Laminate
Dimensions:
33" h 32" w 31" d
Current Location Status:
In Storage
Source:
Gift Of The Knoll Group
Exhibits/Programs
Furniture City (1994 – 2013)
Furniture City was one of the signature core exhibits installed at the Grand Rapids Public Museum's new Van Andel Museum Center when it opened in 1994.  At approximately 10,000 square feet, the exhibit occupied a significant portion of the museum's second floor and contained hundreds of pieces of Grand Rapids Furniture.  The exhibition was accompanied by the authoritative book on the subject, "Grand Rapids Furniture", by GRPM curator Christian Carron.  The Furniture City exhibit told a comprehensive story of the Furniture Industry in Grand Rapids, from its origins in the years after the Civil War, up to the present day with office and fixed seating manufacturers like Steelcase and American Seating.  The exhibition was significantly reduced in size in 2013 to make room for a new gallery, and was finally closed in 2019.

Furniture Highlights (October 1 2014)
Highlights from the Grand Rapids Public Museum's collection of over 2,000 pieces of furniture.
Makers/Donors
The Knoll Group
The Knoll Group was founded as Knoll Furniture in 1938 by Hans Knoll. 

Headquarters: East Greenville, Pennsylvania. Michigan facilities: Kentwood, Muskegon, and Norton Shores.


Davidson Plyforms, Incorporated

Frank Gehry

The Knoll Group
The Knoll Group was founded as Knoll Furniture in 1938 by Hans Knoll. 

Headquarters: East Greenville, Pennsylvania. Michigan facilities: Kentwood, Muskegon, and Norton Shores.

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