Chair from the McCulloch Corporation | Phillips

Phillips-Chair from the McCulloch Corporation

Estimated value: 9000-12.000 US$

21-20th Century Design Art

Sales date: 2002-11-19

New York

Lot number: 82


Paul Laszlo
Launched in 1950s

Architonic id


Known primarily for his plush California private interiors, Laszlo's design for the McCulloch Corporation headquarters is a spectacular example of constructing a corporate identity, and reveals much about his rigorous training in Stuttgart earlier in the century. As George Nelson once noted, Laszlo's brand of modernism rejected austerity, yet followed a program of Bauhaus-inspired convictions when shaping the tastes of his ultra-wealthy clientele. Laszlo's "chainsaw" chair is the great maverick design of mid-century modern. Its architectronic frame, (especially the back stretcher in a shape of
a wrench), the atomic styling of the cushions
and dramatic use of the company's logo reinforce the branding of McCulloch. Only a small set of chairs were made, to be placed around a conference table and in front of the "Chain Saw Exhibit."

Tubular steel, brass and leather
monogrammed "CMC" twice
together with the book PAUL LASZLO, Industrial Designer
29 in. (73.7 cm) high

PAUL LASZLO, Industrial Designer, Beverly Hills, ca, 1958, n. p. (for the above illustration of the chairs in the lobby and showroom of the McCulloch Corporation)
Paola Antonelli, ed., Sitting on the edge: modernist design from the collection of Michael and Gabrielle Boyd, San Francisco, 1998, p. 157

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