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Daybed (USA), 1933–1935

This is a Daybed. It was designed by Frederick Kiesler. It is dated 1933–1935 and we acquired it in 2014. Its medium is birch-faced plywood, tulip poplar, nickel-plated steel. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Commissioned for a domestic interior by textile designer Marguerita Mergentime, this daybed is a testament to architect-designer Kiesler’s landmark modern and functionalist style. One of two similar daybeds for the Mergentime commission, it is a transitional piece between sharp, geometric modernism and Kiesler’s later, highly organic biomorphic style. The daybed is devoted to utility, complete with bookshelves, drawers, or cabinets in each panel, a movable tray table and reading stand, and an overhead lamp.

This object was donated by Virginia Bayer. It is credited Gift of Virginia Bayer.

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 96.5 × 116.8 × 127 cm (38 × 46 × 50 in.)

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Daybed (USA), 1933–1935; Designed by Frederick Kiesler (American, b. Austro-Hungarian Empire, 1890 - 1965); birch-faced plywood, tulip poplar, nickel-plated steel; H x W x D: 96.5 × 116.8 × 127 cm (38 × 46 × 50 in.); Gift of Virginia Bayer; 2014-27-1-a/e

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