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Henry Mittwer Iron and Wood Shelf, California, 1952

Rare iron and wood shelving unit designed by Henry Mittwer, circa 1952.

“Henry Mittwer was born in Yokohama, Japan in 1918. Mittwer attended John Muir College (now Pasadena City College), where he worked on his furniture design skills. His tables, which could also be used as Japanese-style floor sitters, were selected for MoMA’s Good Design exhibition in 1952. His designs were also included in the Italian Esempi books and seemed to be warmly accepted by the design community. At some point he got a job in the American defense industry, a position he left in 1961. At that point, after meeting a Zen monk, he decided to move back to Japan without his family to become a Buddhist monk.”

Source: Esoteric Survey.