Dresser, 1933-1937

Summary

Architects and designers showcased their modern innovations in the "Homes of Tomorrow" exhibition at the 1933 Chicago World's Fair. Pioneering modernist and industrial designer Gilbert Rohde furnished the "Design for Living Home," where he debuted lines of streamlined furniture. Herman Miller manufactured Rohde's furniture for the exhibition and then for sale to the public, stamping each piece with a tag declaring it "world fair furniture."

Architects and designers showcased their modern innovations in the "Homes of Tomorrow" exhibition at the 1933 Chicago World's Fair. Pioneering modernist and industrial designer Gilbert Rohde furnished the "Design for Living Home," where he debuted lines of streamlined furniture. Herman Miller manufactured Rohde's furniture for the exhibition and then for sale to the public, stamping each piece with a tag declaring it "world fair furniture."

Artifact

Chest of Drawers

Date Made

1933-1937

Creators

Herman Miller, Inc. 

Rohde, Gilbert, 1894-1944 

Place of Creation

United States, Michigan, Zeeland 

Creator Notes

Designed by Gilbert Rohde and manufactured by Herman Miller, Inc.

Fully Furnished
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Fully Furnished

Object ID

89.177.118

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Herman Miller, Inc.

Material

Burl veneer
Glass (Material)
Metal
Wood (Plant material)

Color

Brown
Gray (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 32.5 in

Width: 19 in

Length: 49 in

Inscriptions

Written on back: 8066/ 88 Label in top drawer: [left side] 1933 / A Century / of Progress / Chicago [right side] Original Design / World's Fair Furniture / By Gilbert Rohde / Manufactured Exclusively by / Herman Miller Furniture Co. / Zeeland Michigan USA

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