Unfolding Chair

  • Peter Danko, Unfolding Chair, ca. 1981, laminated, scored and folded maple and polyester, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Joseph N. Raffa, 1997.119.1

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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.

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"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
Title
Unfolding Chair
Artist
Date
ca. 1981
On View
Dimensions
31 1/2 x 19 3/4 x 19 3/4 in. (80.0 x 50.2 x 50.2 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Joseph N. Raffa

Mediums
Mediums Description
laminated, scored and folded maple and polyester
Classifications
Object Number
1997.119.1
Palette
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