Gilbert Rohde (1886-1944) was one of the pioneers of American Modern design.
Starting in the late 1920's, Rohde designed furniture for clients and his own furniture retailed by others. In 1930 he designed a line of furniture for Heywood Wakefield and beginning in 1930 until 1944 he designed for Herman Miller Company, using a variety of new materials and techniques. While Rohde designed for several other furniture manufacturers his work for Herman Miller remains his best work and some of the best work of the period. Rohde's designs for clocks for the Herman Miller Company and lamps for the Mutual Sunset Lamp Company are classics of the Art Deco era. He designed this sleek pair of American art deco chests for the Herman Miller Furniture Company ca 1937. The chests, with face in opposite directions, feature a surround of pale yellow lacquer, drawer fronts in exotic veneers and pulls in gunmetal with matching pale yellow tips. The chests sit on recessed bases of ebonized wood. Each chest is 32" high, 45" wide and 18" deep.