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KEM Weber Airline Armchair

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Documentation Ample Provenance
Documentation Notes Provenance: Private Collection, Los Angeles; Los Angeles Modern Auctions, 'Modern Art & Design Auction' 4 December 2005
Origin United States, California
Period 1920-1949
Materials Beech, Leather, Steel
Dimensions
W. 24.75 in; H. 32 in; D. 29 in;
W. 62.87 cm; H. 81.28 cm; D. 73.66 cm;
Condition Excellent. Meticulously Restored
Creation Date c. 1935
Description This iconic original "Airline" armchair was originally designed by KEM Weber in 1934 and produced in 1938 for the Walt Disney Studios in a limited run of 300.

The Airline chair was the realization of Weber’s career-long goal: to achieve a wholly American form of modern design—sleek, trim, and stylish; yet comfortable, easygoing, and practical. Weber named it the Airline chair to associate the design with the technological triumph of the day: commercial aviation.

Examples of this Airline chair can be found in the collections of major museums such as the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Los Angeles County of Modern Art in California.
Styles / Movements Mid Century, Modern
Book References 'KEM Weber: Designer and Architect', Long, ppg. 138-141; 'Kem Weber: The Moderne in Southern California - 1920-1941', Gebhard, ppg. 82-83
Incollect Reference Number 275447
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