Artist/Designer: Johanna Grawunder
b. 1961, San Diego, CA
Title: Viper Coffee Table from the Low Rider Collection 2001
Medium: Liquid rubber-painted wood, fluorescent bulbs
Dimensions: 12.25" h x 26" x 31.5"
Manufacturer: Post Design. Made in Italy.
Details: The Low Rider Collection included tables, seating and lamps presented at the Post Design Gallery during the 2001 Salone del Mobile in Milan, Italy. Many pieces in the collection included different construction materials and often integrated lighting. This example in excellent condition, still in the original crate. Metal identification tag (shown below) included. Produced in a small limited edition, probably less than 20 ever produced.
Notes from the Archive: California native, Johanna Grawunder worked for Sottsass Associati from 1985 - 2001, designing both architecture and interiors for the firm, and becoming a partner in 1989. In 2001, she opened her own studio in San Francisco with offices in Milan. The Viper Coffee Table highlights Grawunder's interest in alternative materials with her use of a painted rubber finish, offering a flat black finish with a soft feel. The fluorescent bulbs cut horizontally between the two halves of the table, as if connecting the table with beams of light. The wiring and connections are not completely hidden, offering the solution behind the magical impression.
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