William H. Miller, Jr. Chair c. 1944

  • Not on view

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.
Manufactured by Gallowhur Chemical Corp., Windsor, VT
Vinylite (polyvinyl chloride) tube ring, plywood frame, aluminum legs, and string netting
28 x 29 1/2 x 31 1/2" (71.1 x 74.9 x 80 cm)
Gift of the manufacturer
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