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What is this?

Stamped seat shell supported on a frame that functions as legs and armrests, the back is punched with 49 hand-cut holes, and the seat with 42; gray rubber feet.

Why is this in our collection?

This chair was among the first successful seating designs using sheet aluminum—a relatively new lightweight, weather-resistant material—anodized to harden the surface and protect against corrosion. The seat and back are made of a single molded sheet perforated with circular holes that lightened the form and when used outdoors provided drainage from the rain.

This is a chair from Switzerland. It is dated designed 1938, manufactured 1938–61 and we acquired it in 2013. Gift of Harry C. Sigman.

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Its medium is

molded and punched aluminum, silver anodizing, rubber

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 75.9 x 51.1 x 55.1 cm (29 7/8 x 20 1/8 x 21 11/16 in.)

It has the following markings

Maker's insignia "MEWA" on face of chair back at center top. "Switzerland" stamped on rear crossbar beneath seat.

This object was manufactured by P. and W. Blattmann Metallwarenfabrik and designed by Hans Coray

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