Paul Rudolph Rolling Armchair


Paul Rudolph Rolling Armchair


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Stainless steel and Plexiglas chair with eight legs on casters. Inner frame: Modular, tubular metal frame with four legs with a square, upward tilted Plexiglas seat and square angled Plexiglas back. Outer section: Modular tubular metal with two legs on either side of seat, each with a single long, Plexiglas, rectangular armrest above. The chair design is a modern reinterpretation of the Wassily chair design of 1927.


Designer: Paul Rudolph (American, 1918-1997)
Creator: Modulightor - a firm co-founded by Paul Rudolph
Seller Location: New York City, USA
Period: Late 20th Century
Condition: New
Condition Details: The item is brand new
Date of Manufacture: 2019
Dimensions: H 29-3/8 in. (75.6 cm) x W 28 in. (71 cm) x D 22-1/2 in. (57 cm)
Place of Origin: United States of America
Materials and Techniques: Stainless steel, Plexiglas, and casters


Price: $3,450 (Note: a portion of the proceeds from each sale will be donated to the Paul Rudolph Heritage Foundation)
Availability: Any quantity is available
Ordering: Must be pre-ordered and pre-paid
Production Type: Current Production
Production Time: Approximately 8 weeks, from receipt of paid order

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Paul Rudolph, American Architect & Educator (1918 - 1997)

Paul Rudolph, American Architect & Educator (1918 - 1997)

This chair was designed by Paul Rudolph (1918-1997), one of America’s greatest Modern architects. Rudolph was famous for his strong, expressive forms, powerful spaces, and innovative use of materials & light. A very prolific designer of both architecture and interiors, his active career extended to nearly the end of the 20th century, and across the decades he continued developing his aesthetic and experimenting with space & materials.

Rudolph’s own residences were his “laboratories” for exploring ways to shape space and create dynamic forms. When he was looking for furniture for his own home, he found that there was nothing on the market that would fit well with the interiors he was creating - so he designed his own furniture, of which this chair is a prime example.

Dining room chair. Side elevation. Sketch. [Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Paul Rudolph Archive]

Dining room chair. Side elevation. Sketch. [Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Paul Rudolph Archive]

Paul Rudolph was thoroughly knowledgeable about design history - and had met many of the leading figures of 20th Century architecture. One can see the roots of this chair’s design in the work of Rietveld and Le Corbusier, both architects greatly admired by Rudolph. But, as with all his work, Rudolph puts his own creative stamp on the design - in this case: using a system of modular components to create furniture of great visual lightness & transparency. In addition, its use of casters makes it very flexible for moving into a variety of room arrangements.

Rudolph was intensely interested in the flexibility and efficiency offered by modular systems. Whether it be for the design of a largescale building, a set of furniture, or a light fixture, he thought architects should “speak the language of modularity.” This chair uses a system of stainless steel tubes & joints, carefully fabricated and assembled, to create a practical piece of furniture and a fine object of design. This same system can be also be used to make other kinds of furniture, and even light fixtures.