Machine Age Armchair by K.E.M. Weber

Machine Age Armchair by KEM Weber aside

Machine Age Armchair by KEM Weber front

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More about KEM Weber

Architect and designer Kem Weber arrived in the United States in the vanguard of a wave of progressive Central European talents — among them, Rudolph Schindler, Richard Neutra, Paul T. Frankl and Ilonka Karascz — who would profoundly affect the course of modernism in the United States. In his new home, Weber created a wholly American form of modern design that is sleek and stylish, yet comfortable and practical.

Karl Emanuel Martin Weber — “Kem” was his self-styled nom d’usage — was born and trained in Berlin. In 1914, he became an accidental immigrant to the U.S.. Sent to San Francisco by his teacher-turned-employer, architect Bruno Paul, to oversee an installation at a global design expo, Weber was marooned by the outbreak of World War I. But he quickly grew to love California, even if his early years there were difficult. When design commissions were hard to find, he took jobs as a lumberjack, chicken farmer and art school teacher. (He gained U.S. citizenship in 1924.)

In the mid-1920s, while working for the Los Angeles–based Barker Bros. department store — the largest furniture retailer in the country at the time — Weber regularly traveled around the nation to deliver lectures on modernism. His reputation as a champion of a new, clean and elegant style earned him architectural commissions and contracts to design furniture and items such silverware, coffee services and cocktail shakers. His masterpiece is the Airline lounge chair, designed 1934-1935. With its raked, gently angular frame and cantilevered seat, the chair suggests movement, speed and forward progress. Though it seemed perfect for mass production, Weber was never able to convince a major manufacturer to take it on. In the end, fewer than 300 Airline chairs were made. Today, those may be the rarest examples of Weber’s work, but are always worth looking out for. As you will see on these pages, his designs are both intelligent and stylish. They deserve to be a part of any serious collection of American modernism.

Biltmore Hotel Armchairs by K.E.M. Weber

KEM Weber

Biltmore Hotel Armchairs by K.E.M. Weber

Are sought after objects.

The one from the photo was sold at Sotheby’s for $ 6,250 on March 6, 2014

“Arizona Biltmore Hotel, Phoenix, Arizona,” The Architectural Record, July 1929, p. 37 (showing the chair model in one of the hotel’s five-room suites)

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Earlier, in 2009 Sotheby’s tried to auction a red one to no avail. On 1stdibs there is a red one for sale.

KEM Weber Biltmore Chair White

Modernism Gallery calls the white high back a streamline chair, but that seems wrong.

KEM Weber Biltmore Settee
The Treadway Toomey auction partnership had a settee on sale in 2013 where it was sold for $5,937.50.

K.E.M. Weber Armchair

490- K.E.M Weber - chair - Design, 27 March 2014 - Auctions - Wright 2014-07-21 12-20-07

490- K.E.M Weber - chair - Design, 27 March 2014 - Auctions - Wright 2014-07-21 12-21-12

K.E.M. Weber Armchair

Was estimated $ 5,000 – $ 7,000 at a spring 2014 Wright Auction, but not sold unfortunately. Whenever I see a K.E.M. Weber chair I like it so much I want it.

Green K.E.M. Weber Chairs

Green K.E.M. Weber Chairs front

Green K.E.M. Weber Chairs

Green K.E.M. Weber Chairs

A set of six Art Deco armchairs from the “Kem Weber Group” dining suite by Kem Weber for Grand Rapids Chair Company. These chairs are in Weber’s signature “streamlined” style and are displayed in such museums as the Art Institute of Chicago and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among others.

Kem Weber was born Karl Emanuel Martin Weber in Berlin in 1889. He received his design training in Potsdam and Berlin and eventually ended up in San Francisco in 1915; he became a U.S. citizen in 1924 and adopted the first name Kem. His designs typified the ideal elements of the “streamlined” Art Deco aesthetic and are considered some of the best examples of this style. Kem Weber died in 1963; his works have been included in exhibitions and museum collections around the world.

This set was also featured in “Horsefeathers”, a film by Groucho Marx circa 1934. KEM Webber was commissioned to design custom furniture for several Marx Bros. films.

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TITLE: Iconic Art Deco Kem Weber Group Set of Six Dining Chairs
PRICE: $150,000
CREATOR: KEM Weber (Designer)
MATERIALS: wood, textile
LENGTH: 21 in. (53 cm)
DEPTH: 23 in. (58 cm)
HEIGHT: 41 in. (104 cm)
SEAT HEIGHT: 19 in. (48 cm)
REFERENCE NUMBER: 11103188931508

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Blue KEM Weber Armchair – 2

Blue KEM Weber Armchair (2)

Blue KEM Weber Armchair – 2

This is the second blue armchair by Karl Emanuel Martin “KEM” Weber featured in our May 2013 blue chair series.

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