Offered by: Modern Redux
8120 Research Blvd. #108 Austin, TX 78758 , United States Call Seller 512.879.1020



$ 1,850
  • Description
    An upright iron and leather wine rack designed by Arthur Umanoff for Shaver Howard. The solid iron frame supports two butcher block shelves and 60 new leather straps to hold 30 bottles of wine or liquor. The lower shelf can hold an additional nine bottles comfortably or possibly a plant. It's a great piece for the kitchen, bar, or dining room and works well in any modern space.

    ARTHUR UMANOFF graduated from Brooklyn's Pratt Institute in the early 50s and soon after produced his first designs for Post Modern Ltd., a Long Island concern where he was a founding partner with fellow designer Tony Paul. He was involved there in all phases of the design process—from concept to prototyping and user-testing (in his own home), through to merchandising and marketing. Both Umanoff's and Paul's early designs for Post Modern, Ltd. were distributed by the Elton Co. of New York City.

    The wrought-iron and slat furniture—chairs, tables, bars, and bar carts—that most people recognize as Umannoff's work were produced by Shaver Howard, a company he designed for from 1954 into the '70s. A firm called Storkline produced some of his Shaver Howard pieces on a reduced scale as children’s furniture in 1961, dubbing the collection "Little Shavers." The inclusion of a miniaturized rattan bar raised eyebrows in the press, but Umanoff deflected criticism by referring to it as a "milk bar."

    Work for Madison Furniture Industries of Canton, Mississippi, began in 1963. Umanoff's clock designs for the Howard Miller Clock Co. of Zeeland, Michigan, first appeared in 1964. During the '70s his designs are produced by an increasing number of companies including Directional, Thonet, Dillingham Furniture, Rouse/Jackson, and David Morgan. In addition to Tony Paul, Umanoff maintained a good friendship with designer Ben Seibel.
  • More Information
    Documentation: Ample Provenance
    Origin: United States
    Period: 1950-1979
    Materials: Iron, Leather, Wood Block, Plastic Cord, Laminate
    Condition: Good. Has Been Partially Restored With New Leather Straps. Some Signs of Age and Patina Should be Expected.
    Styles / Movements: Modern, Brutalist, Mid Century
    Patterns: Modern
    Dealer Reference #: a#80026
    Incollect Reference #: 570314
  • Dimensions
    W. 14 in; H. 67 in; D. 11 in;
    W. 35.56 cm; H. 170.18 cm; D. 27.94 cm;
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