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Oral history interview with Tage Frid

Interviewee:
Frid, Tage  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Names:
Rhode Island School of Design  Search this
School for American Crafts  Search this
Wegner, Hans J., 1914-  Search this
Extent:
167 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1980 June 24-1982 February 22
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Tage Frid conducted 1980 June 24-1982 February 22, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art.
Frid speaks of his training in Denmark; his early career; his apprenticeship in a woodworking shop in Copenhagen; craft education and production in the 1930s in Denmark; his work in interior design; his work under Hans Wegner in the 1940s; teaching positions at the School for American Craftsmen in Rochester, N.Y. and the Rhode Island School of Design; the development of an extensive design practice in New York state in the 1950s; his involvement as an exhibitor and juror; private commissions; and mass productions.
Biographical / Historical:
Tage Frid (1915-2004) was a designer, craftsman, and educator from Foster, R.I.
General:
Originally recorded on 3 sound tape reels as 6 digital wav files. Duration is 6 hrs., 28 min.
Provenance:
These interviews are part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.
Topic:
Artisans -- Rhode Island -- Interviews  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Design  Search this
Designers -- Rhode Island -- Interviews  Search this
Educators -- Rhode Island -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.frid80
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-frid80

Oral history interview with Edgar and Joyce Anderson

Interviewee:
Anderson, Edgar, approximately 1922-  Search this
Anderson, Joyce, 1925-  Search this
Interviewer:
Gold, Donna, 1953-  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
American Craft Council  Search this
American Crafts Council. Museum of Contemporary Crafts  Search this
Chilton Professional Automotive (Firm)  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
United States. Agency for International Development  Search this
Campbell, David Robert, 1907-1963  Search this
Cooke, Edward S., 1954-  Search this
Grotta, Lou  Search this
Grotta, Sandra  Search this
Larsen, Jack Lenor, 1927-2020  Search this
Malarcher, Patricia  Search this
Maloof, Sam  Search this
McPhee, John, 1931-  Search this
Meier, Richard, 1934-  Search this
Milan, Emil, 1922-1985  Search this
Smith, Paul J., 1931-  Search this
Stocksdale, Bob, 1913-2003  Search this
Takaezu, Toshiko  Search this
Tibbs, Thomas S., 1917-2002  Search this
Webb, Aileen O.  Search this
Wegner, Hans J., 1914-  Search this
Wirkkala, Tapio, 1915-1985  Search this
Wyman, William, 1922-1980  Search this
Extent:
143 Pages (Transcript)
34 Items (Sound recording: 34 sound files (5 hr., 56 min.), digital, wav)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Place:
World Trade Center Site (New York, N.Y.)
Honduras -- Description and Travel
Date:
2002 September 17-19
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Edgar and Joyce Anderson conducted 2002 September 17-19, by Donna Gold, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, in Morristown, New Jersey.
The interview begins in the home of their frequent patrons, Sandra and Lou Grotta, in Harding Township, New Jersey. The Grottas are not present. They discuss several of their pieces in situ, including tables, beds, a piano bench, the grandfather clock (carved in the shape of Edgar's arm wearing a wristwatch), and the Knight table. Many of these pieces are discussed in detail in terms of their design and construction. They also allude briefly to other pieces in the Grotta's collection by Toshiko Takaezu, Hans Wegner, Bill Wyman, Sam Maloof, and Bob Stocksdale. The Grotta's house, designed by architect Richard Meier, is also discussed. Edgar recalls that Meier designed the house to accommodate the collection. They also talk about the Grotta's participation in the American Craft Council, and the relationship among collectors. The interview continues at the artists' home Harding Township, New Jersey. They discuss several projects for other clients, and they reflect on the relationships that developed. These include: a gaming table for Doug Dayton of Monteath Lumber Company, a jewelry chest for Thelma Newman, collaboration with Newman on a book for Chilton Publishing Company (not published), and a figural chest for Mako Stewart, which is still in the artists' private collection. They reflect on their private and professional partnership and the balance of skills they shared. They recall that their early success was bolstered by a New York Times article by Betty Pepis. This publicity led to new clients, such as Reverend John Mason of the Episcopal Chapel at the University of Maine, who is discussed in detail along with his wife Elizabeth Mason. They explain their expertise in humidity and wood shrinkage, including their work as consultants for the Museum of Contemporary Crafts, before it became the American Craft Museum. There is lengthy discussion of the Andersons' own house, which they designed and built themselves over a period of years. Frank Lloyd Wright was an influence. They discuss other church commissions in general, speaking of the influence of their spirituality. St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Haworth, New Jersey, is discussed in some detail. Edgar briefly talks about a local World Trade Center memorial which he has been working on. They recall the importance of the support of the American Craft Museum, Aileen Osborne (Vanderbilt) Webb, and David Campbell. They discuss in depth their time in Honduras, under the sponsorship of the USAID program, teaching craft techniques to local inhabitants. Joyce describes this as a Kennedy era demonstration program. Other participants in the Honduras program included Dave Chapman, Roy Ginstrom, Bill Wyman, and Emil Milan. They also recall participating in a similar program in Antigua. They also recall Herb and Marje Noyes, Ruth Martin, Patricia Malarcher, John Geraci, Mike Langan, Bob and Rowena MacPhail, Sterling North, Zelda Strecker, Paul Smith, Tom Tibbs, Walker Weed, Lois Moran, Toshiko Takaezu, Tapio Wirkkala, Jack Lenor Larsen, Edward Cooke, Michael Stone, John McPhee, and Dot Blanchard.
Biographical / Historical:
Edgar Anderson (1922- ) and Joyce Anderson (1923- ) are woodworkers from Morristown, New Jersey.
General:
Originally recorded 5 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 34 digital wav files. Duration is 5 hr., 56 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Topic:
Woodworkers -- New Jersey -- Interviews.  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.anders02a
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-anders02a

Hacedor de sillas

Title:
Chairmaker
Hans J. Wegner on design
On design
Author:
Wegner, Hans J. 1914-2007  Search this
Bernsen, Jens  Search this
Humphreys, Alan  Search this
Malone, Margaret  Search this
Subject:
Wegner, Hans J. 1914-2007 Psychology  Search this
Physical description:
128 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 x 25 cm
Type:
Books
History
Place:
Denmark
Date:
1998
©1998
20th century
Topic:
Furniture design--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1106099

Hans J. Wegner, en stolemager : [udstillingen er åben i dagene 01 apr 89-21 maj 89, på Kunstindustrimuseet]

Author:
Wegner, Hans J. 1914-2007  Search this
Danske kunstindustrimuseum  Search this
Subject:
Wegner, Hans J. 1914- Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
72 p. : ill. ; 20 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Denmark
Date:
1989
Topic:
Chairs--Exhibitions  Search this
Chair design  Search this
Call number:
NK2715 .W412 1989
NK2715 .W412 1989
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_402219

Hans J. Wegner / [tekst, Jens Bernsen]

Title:
Om design
On design
Author:
Wegner, Hans J. 1914-2007  Search this
Bernsen, Jens  Search this
Subject:
Wegner, Hans J. 1914- Psychology  Search this
Physical description:
120 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 x 25 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Denmark
Date:
1994
C1994
20th century
Topic:
Furniture design--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_501744

Contract Furniture Division ... : supplement no. 4

Author:
Frederik Lunning, Inc  Search this
Subject:
Wegner, Hans J. 1914-  Search this
Frederik Lunning, Inc  Search this
Physical description:
1 folded sheet (6 p.) : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Trade catalogs
Place:
Denmark
Date:
195u
[195-?]
Topic:
Chairs  Search this
Furniture  Search this
Call number:
050314
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_567607

Wegner : just one good chair / Christian Holmsted Olesen ; translated by Mark Mussari ; editors: Martin Gylling and Birgit Lyngbye Pedersen

Author:
Olesen, Christian Holmsted  Search this
Designer:
Wegner, Hans J. 1914-2007  Search this
Translator:
Mussari, Mark  Search this
Editor:
Gylling, Martin  Search this
Pedersen, Birgit Lyngbye  Search this
Subject:
Wegner, Hans J. 1914-2007  Search this
Physical description:
254 pages : illustrations (some color), plans ; 33 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Date:
2014
20th century
Topic:
Furniture design  Search this
Chair design  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1047089

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