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"Sheraton" Chair

Designed by Robert Venturi, American, 1925 - 2018. Made by Knoll, East Greenville, Pennsylvania, 1938 - present.

Made in United States, North and Central America

Designed 1978-1984; made 1985

Bent laminated wood, plastic laminate with applied pattern, upholstery

33 1/4 x 21 3/4 x 23 1/2 inches (84.5 x 55.2 x 59.7 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 Collab: The Group for Modern and Contemporary Design at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1986

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Venturi translated the carved ornament of an eighteenth-century Sheraton chair into a two-dimensional, stenciled pattern, producing a gentle parody—a cartoon composition of elementary lines, shapes, and colors.