Audience chairs from the set of The Oprah Winfrey Show at Harpo Studios

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Used by
Harpo, Inc., American, founded 1986
Manufactured by
KI, founded 1941
Medium
cloth, polyurethane foam, plastic, metal and wood
Dimensions
H x W x D (Seats down (w/out wood skid)): 31 × 72 3/4 × 28 in. (78.7 × 184.8 × 71.1 cm)
H x W x D (Seats down (w/ wood skid)): 33 1/2 × 74 1/8 × 28 in. (85.1 × 188.3 × 71.1 cm)
H x W x D (Seats up (w/out wood skid)): 31 × 72 3/4 × 18 5/16 in. (78.7 × 184.8 × 46.5 cm)
H x W x D (Seats up (w/ wood skid)): 33 1/2 × 74 1/8 × 18 5/16 in. (85.1 × 188.3 × 46.5 cm)
Type
seating furniture
Place used
Harpo Studios, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States, North and Central America
Date
after 1995
Description
A row of three (3) audience chairs from The Oprah Winfrey Show set at Harpo Studios in Chicago, Illinois. These seats are from Row SR3.
The chair seats and backs are covered in red fabric and have rounded corners. The seat cushions are a thick foam. The three (3) seats are hinged together as one unit. The chair seats and backs have internal pivoting arrangements so that the seat and back can move between occupied and unoccupied positions. When the seat is unoccupied, the seat and back positions are substantially vertical. The chairs are mounted to black plastic end panels on the far proper left and proper right sides, and to thin black plastic armrests in the middle, in between the chairs. The chairs attach to these supports via metal brackets in two (2) places, on the undersides of the seats, and on the sides of each chair back. The end panels and arm rest panels all bolt into the floor and would anchor the seats to the ground. The exterior-facing sides of the end panels are matte black, without any design. Each armrest is topped with a flat black plastic end piece with rounded edges and corners.
On the reverse of each seat, the chair backs are covered with black hard plastic backing. The proper left and proper right seats have a relief rectangle with perforations inserted into the upper center of the plastic backing, possibly serving as a speaker. Extending from the base of each armrest is one (1) XLR audio cable.
On the interior base of each central armrest panel is a manufacturer's label on a black rectangular sticker with white text: [Aria (R) Seating / Designed by / David C. Woods / U.S. Patent News 5.393.120 / 5.567.016 / 5.601.335/ Foreign Patents Pending] and red text: [KI].
Topic
African American
Communication
Entertainers
Mass media
Television
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Oprah Winfrey
Object number
2016.7.6
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Tools and Equipment-Props and set design
Exhibition
A Changing America: 1968 and Beyond
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse 1, C1 053
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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