Kem Weber was modernism’s leading West Coast proponent

The modern architect and designer was most known for creating the sleek “Airline” chair.

This chair made by Kem Weber in 1934 comes apart so the back can be laid flat to hold the seat and legs in a compact, space-saving package. It takes less space and money to ship. A few were made, but no furniture company wanted to gamble on such a modern design until the 1990s, when this Airline chair was again produced. (Cowles Syndicate Inc.)

This chair made by Kem Weber in 1934 comes apart so the back can be laid flat to hold the seat and legs in a compact, space-saving package. It takes less space and money to ship. A few were made, but no furniture company wanted to gamble on such a modern design until the 1990s, when this Airline chair was again produced. (Cowles Syndicate Inc.)

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