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Chair

Louis Dierra (American, active c. 1939)

Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company (American, b. 1883–present)

c. 1939

Medium glass, metal, and modern upholstery Measurements H: 29 1/4 x W: 23 1/4 x D: 22 3/4 in. (74.29 x 59.05 x 57.78 cm) Credit DuPuy Fund Accession Number 83.78.2 Location Not on View

Narrative

Visitors to The Glass Center pavilion at the 1939 world’s fair in New York would have encountered a strikingly modern model dining room with six chairs like this one arranged around a glass-topped dining table. The innovative chair frames of slumped plate glass were manufactured by the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company, while the seats were originally upholstered with fiberglass fabric. Although heralded by House and Garden magazine as one of “the decorative prophecies that will shape our World of Tomorrow,” glass furniture did not capture the public imagination. Its weight and fragility made it too impractical for daily use.