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Wharton Esherick

Wharton Esherick Stool in Walnut

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This beautiful stool is a striking example of American designer Wharton Esherick’s oeuvre. The resurgent interest in handmade furniture during the mid-century period inspired Esherick to expand his oeuvre and to produce small, readily pieces beside his commissions. He used leftover wood scraps with an interesting grain figure to create three-legged high and low stools. He let the wood’s grain determine the final shape of the seating, which were all made by hand. The legs of the stools were executed in a slender manner to assure a light-weight and elegant appearance.  On the bottom of the seating the stool has the year 1970 engraved as well as the designer’s initials. With its balanced composition of proportions and lines, together with the high-quality wood and stunning craftsmanship, the stool catches the eye. Due to the sleek and tapered details of the legs and the organic seating, the chair has an airy and dynamic touch.

American artist, furniture designer and pioneer of the Studio Craft Movement Wharton Esherick (1887-1970) studied printmaking and drawing at Philadelphia School of Industrial Arts (now the University or Arts) and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. In the late 1920s Esherick guided his focus towards the design of wooden furniture. His attention to wood was evoked by the creation of illustration woodcuts. Esherick than discovered his passion for wooden sculptures and finally also furniture which he usually just made once. With the acquisition of his works by the Whitney Museum in New York, Esherick found confirmation of his talent with wooden objects.

His oeuvre ranges from arts & crafts to cubism and expressionism. In 1912 his wife and him moved to a small village close to Pennsylvania where they settled down for the rest of their lives. The old farmhouse got dedicatedly extended by Esherick himself. Today, it hosts the Museum of Wharton Esherick, which allows you to admire his designs in the original setting.

Wharton Esherick


Called the “Dean of American Craft,” Wharton Esherick bridged the gap between the Arts and Crafts movement and the resurgence of interest in woodwork with the Studio Craft movement that started in the 1960s. He began his career as a painter, but by the 1920s turned to wood, first making frames and woodcuts, and later, furniture. By realizing that furniture does not need decoration and creating minimal organic shapes in hand-carved wood instead, he paved the way for much of modernism. His old studio/residence in Paoli, Pennsylvania is a National Historic Landmark for Architecture and a museum dedicated to his work.

  • Dimension/

    38.0 x 81.0 x 38.0 cm (15.0 x 31.9 x 15.0 in)

  • Ships from/

    The Netherlands

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