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Ascona Chair And Ottoman, 1976

This is a Chair and ottoman. It was designed by Heinz Meier and manufactured by Landes Manufacturing Co.. It is dated 1976 and we acquired it in 1987. Its medium is chrome-plated bent tubular steel, upholstered cusions. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

The Ascona chair and ottoman are two pieces of furniture from a larger modular set that included a convertible lounger and side table. This cantilevered chair has a curved frame made of parallel chrome-plated tubular steel rods that form the seat, base and back, with a pair of simple, rectangular upholstered cushions. Two to three years earlier, the architect and designer Heinz Meier designed a set of furniture actually made of standard plumbing pipes, one of the first designers to use industrial fixtures for furniture. The Ascona group is a more sophisticated design based on the earlier plumbing pipes.

This object was donated by Martin R. Liebhold.

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  • lacquered metal, chrome-plated bent steel, beechwood.
  • Gift of International Contract Furninshings, Inc..
  • 1978-144-1

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D (chair): 72 x 65.2 x 67 cm (28 3/8 x 25 11/16 x 26 3/8 in.) H x W x D (ottoman): 49 x 65.5 x 73 cm (19 5/16 x 25 13/16 x 28 3/4 in.)

Cite this object as

Ascona Chair And Ottoman, 1976; Designed by Heinz Meier ; USA; chrome-plated bent tubular steel, upholstered cusions; H x W x D (chair): 72 x 65.2 x 67 cm (28 3/8 x 25 11/16 x 26 3/8 in.) H x W x D (ottoman): 49 x 65.5 x 73 cm (19 5/16 x 25 13/16 x 28 3/4 in.); 1987-80-1-a/e

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