International Decorative Art

Side Chair

Side Chair

Design Date 1902

Designer Peter Behrens (1868–1940, German)

Manufacturer Anton Blüggel, Berlin, Germany

Media black-stained oak frame with cane seat

Dimensions 39 x 17 3/4 x 21 1/4 inches

Peter Behrens was one of Germany’s most important architects and designers. He was a painter, an architect, an industrial designer and graphic designer. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius all worked for Behrens at the beginning of their careers around 1910. This chair was designed for an exhibition of “modern interiors” at the Wertheim Department Store in Berlin in 1902. Wertheim department store was one of the first to expose the public to modern design in Germany. Everything in Behrens’ dining room in the exhibition had a linear Art Nouveau aesthetic, like this chair’s cut outs and rectangular accents on the seat back. A year after this chair was designed Behrens became director of the arts and crafts school in Düsseldorf.

ON VIEW in Arts & Crafts Gallery 3

Markings unmarked

Credit Line Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

Accession Number 2006.1312