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"Oh" Chair Prototype

Designed by Karim Rashid, Canadian (born Egypt), 1960. Made by Umbra, Ltd., Toronto, 1979 - present.

Made in Canada, North and Central America

Designed 1998

Polypropylene, powder-coated steel

34 × 24 × 24 inches (86.4 × 61 × 61 cm) Height (to seat): 17 inches (43.2 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Totem Design Group, 2000

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Interested in designing a stylish, inexpensive chair, Rashid borrowed the curves, open spaces, and translucent polypropylene material from his "Garbo" wastebasket to create "Oh." When introduced in January of 1999 at the price of forty-five dollars, the chair found a ready market; fifty thousand "Oh" chairs sold in the first three weeks of availability.