Rohde Sideboard, 1941-1942

Summary

In the early 1930s, industrial designer Gilbert Rohde spurred the American furniture industry's transition from historical revivals to a modern aesthetic. By 1941, he believed that improved economic conditions justified the reintroduction of restrained decorative elements to modern furniture. This sideboard, part of the high-end Paldao series, features clean lines, antique-finish brass pulls, and leatherette upholstered legs.

In the early 1930s, industrial designer Gilbert Rohde spurred the American furniture industry's transition from historical revivals to a modern aesthetic. By 1941, he believed that improved economic conditions justified the reintroduction of restrained decorative elements to modern furniture. This sideboard, part of the high-end Paldao series, features clean lines, antique-finish brass pulls, and leatherette upholstered legs.

Artifact

Sideboard (Furniture)

Date Made

1941-1942

Creators

Herman Miller, Inc. 

Rohde, Gilbert, 1894-1944 

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

89.177.108

Credit

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

Material

Imitation leather
Metal
Paldao (Wood)
Brass (Alloy)

Technique

Veneering

Color

Brown
Gold (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 29.25 in

Width: 50 in

Depth: 16 in

Inscriptions

Stamped on back: 4190

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