Fall Exhibition at Fallingwater Features Chairs of “Good Design”

Wed, Sep 24th 2008, 11:56. Filed under News Releases.

Mill Run, PA – September 24, 2008 – The Fall exhibition at Fallingwater’s Visitor Center, running now through October 31, features chairs created by some of the best designers of the 20th century. The exhibition, Good Design and the Modern Chair, traces the evolution of the chair — a key element of modern design.

The exhibition begins with the early Modern Movement of the 1920s, when designers took advantage of the machine age, and continues through the 1960s, when a new generation of designers introduced furniture with fluid shapes and vivid colors.

“Edgar Kaufmann jr., son of Fallingwater builders Edgar and Liliane Kaufmann, saw chairs and other home furnishings as representations of good design,” said Fallingwater’s Curator of Buildings and Collections Justin Gunther. “He passionately believed that good design was an essential part of everyday life, and that objects of the highest standards of quality, beauty, and function should be available to everyone, at affordable prices.”

In 1950, while working for the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Edgar Kaufmann jr. launched a six-year series of exhibitions that highlighted modern furniture and housewares. Called Good Design, these popular semiannual shows were a collaboration between the museum and the Merchandise Mart of Chicago, the country’s largest wholesaler of housewares. Some of the chair designs featured in Fallingwater’s fall exhibit were originally included in the Good Design exhibitions.

“Through his Good Design exhibitions, Edgar Kaufmann jr. was a key figure in the promotion and popularization of modern design,” said Gunther. “This exhibit illustrates Kaufmann’s philosophy of good design by showing visitors 13 examples of the best in chair design from the 1920s to the 1960s as well as six study sketches of chair designs by renowned architect Mies van der Rohe.”

Good Design and the Modern Chair is being exhibited at Fallingwater’s Visitor Center. For general information on the exhibit, the Bear Run Nature Reserve, or to purchase Fallingwater tour tickets, please telephone 724-329-8501, or visit www.fallingwater.org.

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