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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.

Kiesler, who had worked in theatrical design, window display, and the graphic arts, left Vienna to join the De Stijl movement in Holland before coming to New York in 1926. His first American domestic commission was to furnish the apartment of textile designer Marguerita Mergentime, a fellow émigré from Vienna. With its moving parts and smooth lines, this bed made ingenious use of space.

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

  • Desk (USA), ca. 1933
  • lacquered wood, painted canvas, chromed metal.
  • Gift of Joel and Anne Ehrenkranz.
  • 2006-24-1

Our curators have highlighted 4 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Zephyr Clock, ca. 1938
  • brass, copper, bakelite, metal works.
  • Museum purchase from the Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Fund.
  • 1994-73-3
  • Barcelona Chair, 1929
  • hand-forged steel, hemp.
  • Museum purchase from Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program,....
  • 2000-12-1-a,b

Its dimensions are

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

Cite this object as

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

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.

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