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This rare chaise/daybed was designed by the iconic furniture designer KEM Weber in the late 1920s. Weber created pieces ...
moreThis rare chaise/daybed was designed by the iconic furniture designer KEM Weber in the late 1920s. Weber created pieces know as "streamline moderne" with tubular polished chrome frames used in a very fluid manner and luxurious fabrics as this camel/tan mohair.
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Kem Weber (1889–1963) was a furniture and industrial designer, architect, art director, and teacher who created several iconic designs of the 'Streamline' style.
Born Karl Emanuel Martin Weber in Berlin, Germany, Weber initially trained under the royal cabinet maker Eduard Schultz in Potsdam, before enrolling at the Kunstgewerbeschule (School of Decorative Arts) in Berlin in 1908 where he studied under Bruno Paul. Graduating in 1912, Weber went on to work in Paul's office, having previously assisted his tutor in the design of the German pavilion at the 1910 'Exposition Universalle' in Brussels.
Seeing greater opportunity in the New World, Weber stayed in the United States after the war ended, later becoming a U. S. citizen in 1924. In this respect, he is an early exemplar of the kind of progressive European talent whose immigration so enriched 20th century American design: a trend that accelerated in the 1930s after the rise of the Nazi Party, resulting in such famous names Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe and Walter Gropius making the move across the Atlantic. Weber went a step further towards forging a new identity in the New World, adopting the less Germanic name "Kem", formed from combining his three initials.
Weber then established an independent industrial design studio in Hollywood, where he also designed modern sets for films and private residences. The inclusion of his work in the 1928 'International Exposition of Art in Industry' held by New York store Macy's cemented his reputation and he went on to design many products for a wide variety of companies including Widdicomb, Berley & Gay, Friedman Silver and Lawson Time. Many of his designs, such as the copper 'Zephyr' desk clock (1933), can be classified as 'Streamline Moderne', which was a popular style in contemporary architecture, as well as in the industrial designs of his contemporaries such as Raymond Loewy. less
- 73.5ʺW × 26ʺD × 21.5ʺH
- Mid 20th Century
- Item Type
- Vintage, Antique or Pre-owned
- Very Good Condition, Original Condition Unaltered, No Imperfections
- Condition Notes
Wear consistent with age and use.
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Wear consistent with age and use.
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- Art Deco
- KEM Weber
- Place of Origin
- United States of America
- Seat Height
- 19.0 inches
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