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.
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

If you would like to reproduce an image of a work of art in MoMA’s collection, or an image of a MoMA publication or archival material (including installation views, checklists, and press releases), please contact Art Resource (publication in North America) or Scala Archives (publication in all other geographic locations).

All requests to license audio or video footage produced by MoMA should be addressed to Scala Archives at firenze@scalarchives.com. Motion picture film stills or motion picture footage from films in MoMA's Film Collection cannot be licensed by MoMA/Scala. For licensing motion picture film footage it is advised to apply directly to the copyright holders. For access to motion picture film stills please contact the Film Study Center. More information is also available about the film collection and the Circulating Film and Video Library.

If you would like to reproduce text from a MoMA publication or moma.org, please email text_permissions@moma.org. If you would like to publish text from MoMA’s archival materials, please fill out this permission form and send to archives@moma.org.

This record is a work in progress. If you have additional information or spotted an error, please send feedback to digital@moma.org.