It is with much irony, that two of the most iconic images of 20th century modern design, are shot prominently with designer pieces that are relatively unknown to most. Julius Shulman’s iconic photographs of Pierre Koenig’s Case Study House #22 and Richard Neutra’s Kaufman House both feature almost exclusively the furniture of Van Keppel-Green.
Hendrik Van Keppel and Taylor Green began working together in Los Angeles in 1937. Their work revolutionized industrial design by challenging the roles of indoor/outdoor furniture. This unprecedented blend of indoor/outdoor aesthetics laid the foundations of what would later become a uniquely California style. Although contemporaries of Florence Knoll, Harry Bertoia, and George Nelson, little recognition is given to VKG for their contributions to the history of California and modern industrial design.
The Case Study #22 series can be seen prominently featured in many of the photographs documenting the Case Study Home Program. The low flowing lines of these pieces create a visual form that intergrates easily into any natural landscape.
Designed in 1946, the original pieces were constructed of World War II surplus enameled tubular steel and cotton rope. VKG produced the series until 1970. After being out-of-production for almost three decades, Modernica revitalized Van Keppel-Green’s design and began production in 1999. With a commitment to authenticity, Modernica produces each piece to the exact original design specifications. However, Modernica did re-engineer the materials to increase durability —replacing the enameled steel with a rust-proof, powder-coated stainless steel frame and replacing the cotton rope, with long-lasting marine, nautical-grade rope.
The Hendrik Van Keppel and Taylor Green’s Lounge Chair and Ottoman are featured in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Los Angeles County Museum of Modern Art.
Handcrafted in Los Angeles, CA
Case Study #22 Ottoman
Overall Dimensions: 12”H x 21”W x 18”D
15 lbs packed
UV protection powder-coated, marine-grade stainless steel (grade 304), marine-grade nautical cord