The Ironrite Ironer Co., Detroit, MI

Health Chair

1938-1940

Manufacturer
Manufactured by the artist
Medium
Steel and lacquered plywood
Dimensions
26 1/4 x 17 1/8 x 19 1/2" (66.7 x 43.5 x 49.5 cm)
Credit
Gift of the manufacturer
Object number
1659.1940
Department
Architecture and Design
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In 1911 the Ironrite Ironer Company began manufacturing electric ironing machines and marketing them to American housewives as the modern antidote to the drudgery of hand-ironing. In the late 1930s it launched the Health Chair, which facilitated "a scientifically correct ironing posture," to complement its machines. World War II delayed mass production of the chair but stimulated the development of a newly scientific and systematic analysis of the interface between the human body and the designed environment. When production resumed, the benefits of the Health Chair were advocated by Ironrite instructors, who provided free demonstrations at “ironing schools” as well as in private home lessons.

Gallery label from Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen, September 15, 2010–March 14, 2011

In 1911 the Ironrite Ironer Company began manufacturing electric ironing machines and marketing them to American housewives as the modern antidote to the drudgery of hand ironing. In the late 1930s it launched the Health Chair, which facilitated "a scientifically correct ironing posture," to complement its machines. World War II delayed mass production of the chair, but efforts to improve the efficiency of people operating under duress stimulated the development of a scientific and systematic analysis of the interface between the human body and the designed environment. When production resumed, Ironrite instructors, who provided free demonstrations at "ironing schools" and lessons at private homes, advocated the benefits of the Health Chair.

Gallery label from Designing Modern Women 1890–1990, October 5, 2013–October 1, 2014

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