Chair from the "Continental American Collection"

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Chair from the "Continental American Collection"

designed 1952
Furnishings; Furniture
Mahogany, palm
32 × 24 3/4 × 18 1/2 in. (81.28 × 62.87 × 46.99 cm)
Decorative Arts and Design Council Fund (M.2015.11)
Not currently on public view

Curator Notes

In 1952 Industria Mueblera, a major Mexico City furniture company, produced the Continental America line by New York-based designer Edmond J. Spence.

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In 1952 Industria Mueblera, a major Mexico City furniture company, produced the Continental America line by New York-based designer Edmond J. Spence. Taking his inspiration from both ancient American and Spanish Colonial art and furnishings, Spence used traditional Mexican materials and techniques and applied them to pared-down modernist forms. This chair, which combines molded mahogany plywood with handcrafted solid mahogany and woven palm, exemplifies the collection’s blend of modern and traditional elements.


Staci Steinberger, Assistant Curator, Decorative Arts and Design
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Bibliography

  • Kaplan, Wendy, ed. Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico, 1915-1985. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Munich: DelMonico Books-Prestel, 2017.