William H. Miller, Jr. Chair c. 1944

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Composed of vinylite and manufactured by a chemical company, this chair typifies the application of wartime materials and production techniques to a postwar context. Miller was an employee of Gallowhur Chemical Company. During World War II he collaborated with a cousin of Franklin D. Roosevelt to design a pocket-sized water desalination device as standard equipment for Army and Navy fliers.

Gallery label from What Was Good Design? MoMA's Message 1944–56, May 6, 2009–January 10, 2011.
Manufacturer
Manufactured by Gallowhur Chemical Corp., Windsor, VT
Medium
Vinylite (polyvinyl chloride) tube ring, plywood frame, aluminum legs, and string netting
Dimensions
28 x 29 1/2 x 31 1/2" (71.1 x 74.9 x 80 cm)
Credit
Gift of the manufacturer
Object number
232.1944
Department
Architecture and Design

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