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Italic Styling credenza

The General Fireproofing Company (American, b. 1902–present)

1958

Medium anodized aluminum and birch Measurements H: 30 x W: 80 x D: 20 in. (76.2 x 203.2 x 50.8 cm) Credit Women's Committee Acquisition Fund Accession Number 2004.5.2 Location Gallery 21, Bruce Galleries

Narrative

In 1958, Interior Design praised the General Fireproofing Company’s Italic Styling line as the “pinnacle of progress in office furniture.” The designs incorporated sleek angles, reminiscent of the slant of italic typefaces, and paired traditional hardwoods with cutting-edge materials. This credenza features aluminum anodized in a two-tone color combination of “natural” and “ebony.” Italic Styling was originally created for the new headquarters of the Reynolds Metals Company in Richmond, Virginia. The building was a model of International Style Modernism designed by architect Gordon Bunshaft of the leading New York firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Both the exterior and interior showcased innovative uses of aluminum.