Swing-Line Child's Wardrobe

A work made of painted masonite and wood.

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  • A work made of painted masonite and wood.

Date:

1952

Artist:

Henry Peter Glass
American, born Austria, 1911–2003
Fleetwood Furniture Corporation
American, founded 1951
Grand Haven, Michigan

About this artwork

Celebrated for his innovative use of materials and construction techniques, Chicago designer Henry Glass initiated the first industrial-design program at the School of the Art Institute and served as a professor there for over two decades. His highly successful ”Swingline” group, which consisted of beds, bookshelves, cabinets, desks, and other pieces met with critical acclaim and pioneered the use of Masonite as a structural material for modular furniture. The Art Institute’s wardrobe displays the bold, contrasting colors favored by consumers during the 1950s and testifies to Glass’s talent for imaginative, utilitarian design.

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American Art

Artist

Henry Peter Glass

Title

Swing-Line Child's Wardrobe

Origin

United States

Date

1952

Medium

Painted Masonite and wood

Dimensions

107.6 × 80.7 × 44.5 cm (42 3/8 × 31 3/4 × 17 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Henry P. Glass

Reference Number

2000.133

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