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Unfolding Chair

ca. 1981 Peter Danko Born: Washington, District of Columbia 1949 laminated, scored and folded maple and polyester 31 1/2 x 19 3/4 x 19 3/4 in. (80.0 x 50.2 x 50.2 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Joseph N. Raffa 1997.119.1 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 55A

Luce Center Quote

"Nobody in the world builds things the way I do . . . I can't say there's nothing traditional about what I do. But technically, it's totally innovative. I'm an industrial designer craftsman—that's the way it is." The artist, quoted in Museum & Arts Washington, 1989

Luce Center Label

Peter Danko made a name for himself in the 1980s with his unique and modern ply-bent chairs. These works are made from thin layers of maple, which the artist uses for its strength and durability. Each layer is molded and glued in a heat press, a process that can take up to two and a half hours. Unfolding Chair is both practical and beautiful. When closed, the chair takes up a minimal amount of room, as Danko realizes that storage space can be an issue in many modern buildings. Unfolded, however, the chair's sleek design invites enjoyment and ease, a chance to both look at and sit on the chair.


decorative arts - furniture

Crafts - Wood


wood - maple

About Peter Danko

Born: Washington, District of Columbia 1949

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