The Straight Back Chair designed by George Nakashima is one of the top iconic chairs in design history. It's a great throw back to a decade when design was starting to take the forefront. I'm extremely excited that Philadelphia University is hosting an exhibit dedicated to the Straight Back Chair and it's opening tonight!
The Design Center at Philadelphia University is hosting George Nakashima and Knoll: The Making of an Object; the opening night reception is tonight and I am definitely going to be there; who would miss this? Did I mention it's free and open to the public?
Nakashima designed the Straight Back Chair in the '40s and Knoll began marketing it shortly thereafter. Their relationship ended in 1954 and only picked up again in 2008 when Knoll and Mira Nakashima reintroduced the chair in the Knoll catalog. The exhibit will show the timeline of the chair through photographs, actual samples and prototypes of the chair and video.
George Nakashima and Knoll: The Making of an Object
The Design Center at Philadelphia University
4200 Henry Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19144
Opening Reception: Wednesday April 29, 2009 5:30pm - 8pm
Exhibit runs through June 5, 2009