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Barwa Chair

A work made of aluminum and canvas.

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  • A work made of aluminum and canvas.


c. 1950


Edgar Bartolucci (American, 1918–2014)
John J. Waldheim (American)

About this artwork

This lightweight chaise features a novel, angled tubular aluminum frame that enables the user to move from a seated to a reclining position with just a slight shift of body weight. First produced in 1947 by Bartolucci and Waldheim, graduates of the Illinois Institute of Technology Institute of Design, the chair quickly became associated with a new ideal of postwar leisure in the United States. This innovative design is a low-cost adaption of modernist experimentation with the lounge chair for a new suburban context.


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Architecture and Design


Edgar Bartolucci


Barwa Chair


United States (Artist's nationality)

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Designed 1950


Aluminum and canvas


104 × 129.5 × 51 cm (41 × 51 × 20 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Stanley Tigerman and Margaret McCurry

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