“Ralph Rapson: Chair Design in the Architect’s Studio”

A new exhibit showcasing Ralph Rapson’s work as a furniture designer opens this week at Danish Teak Classics. Rapson, a leading figure in American architecture and design, designed many buildings in Minnesota, including the old, demolished Guthrie building and Riverside Plaza. His furniture designs are the focus of “Ralph Rapson: Chair Design in the Architect Studio”.

The exhibit will feature a vintage Rapson chair produced in the 1940s for H.G. Knoll as well as many sketches of the designer’s unrealized designs. New pieces from family-owned Rapson-Inc’s Greenbelt line of modern classics will also be on display and available to purchase in the Twin Cities exclusively through Danish Teak Classics.  The furniture line features the Highback Rapson Greenbalt Rocker, first designed for the MoMA’s landmark Organic Design in Home Furnishings Competition of 1940.

Additionally, the exhibit will feature 3 drawings of pieces from the Rapson design library and give fans the chance to vote on which design will enter limited production at Danish Teak Classics in 2012. Fans may vote in-person at the exhibit or online until January 31st. The winning design will be announced during a closing ceremony on February 2nd from 6-9pm.

The exhibit begins December 29th and goes through February 5th. There will be an opening ceremony on December 29th from 6-9pm at Danish Teak Classics, located at 1500 Jackson St. NE, Ste 120 in Minneapolis. The exhibit is free to the public during the stores normal hours, which may be found at http://www.danishteakclassics.com/.

 

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