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Ten Awesome Creations by Henry P. Glass

The Swingline Cabinet. This unconventional looking cabinet is a very colorful addition to any home. First, there are four main colors that comprise of the cabinet: red, yellow, blue, and light purple. The two smaller drawers are red and light purple, and the two larger cabinet drawers are yellow and blue. Several birch rods are placed in the center to separate the cabinets and drawers. Two more birch rods are located at the posterior corners. Two brown, rectangular Masonite boards serve as the top surface and the base of the cabinet. This cabinet opens by rotating the cabinets outward at 90-degree angles with the birch rods holding them in place. The drawers can then be extended to allow storage of one’s personal items.

The Swingline Dresser. A similar color design to the Swingline Cabinet is present in this Henry P. Glass dresser. There are four identical drawers. The top left drawer is red, the top right drawer is blue, the bottom left drawer is yellow, and the bottom right drawer can be orange, light purple, or dark purple. The upper left or right corners of each drawer have a small hole drilled into them to make it possible to open. The top surface, mid-section, and the base consist of black rectangular Masonite boards that hold the drawers in place. Four birch legs support the dresser. The dresser can be rotated on its base and the drawers can be opened at 45-degree angles to make it easy to store items.

The Cricket Folding Chair. Created in 1978, this chair consists of a long, singular cloth and a metal or wooden frame. The cloth is wrapped around the top and front bars of the back and seat of the frame. There are two webbing strips on each side of the cloth strip. These strips hold the chair in place so it does not collapse when used. The frame is composed of four tubular rails that are joined together just below where the cloth strip folds to create the seat and the back. One rail forms the back, another rail forms the seat, and the last two rails form the legs.

The Glass Lounger. Here is a recliner that has soft upholstery. The back consists of a rectangular cushion with a protective cover over the top half. The seat and the footrest are also cushioned. The most interesting parts of this lounger are the sides. Each side has a distinct egg shaped design. The armrests are protected with an arched wooden covering. The four legs that support the chair are tapered with brass glides for protection against scratching.

The Henry P. Glass Coffee Table. This walnut and plywood table that has been painted black has a surface that is shaped like a donut. The circular table has a large hole in the center, but a smooth wooden outer layer. There are three arch-like fixtures that support the table. This adds up to the table having six legs.

The 1955 Lounge Chair. This yellow chair has soft upholstery. The back of the chair forms a trapezoid with rounded corners. There are also seven buttons, three that form the top row, and four that form the bottom row, that serve as decoration. The arms form a shell that shields the seat. The shape of the armrests curve upward from the back to the front. A cushion is cradled in the base of the chair. Four splayed brass legs with glides on the bottom support the chair’s frame.

The Pickle Creek Patio Chair. The two main components of this chair are redwood and enameled aluminum. The redwood seat and back have a ridged, rectangular appearance. The stretcher that is beneath the main parts of the chair is also made of redwood. Two aluminum bars that are shaped like the letter “J” serve as the stiles and the back legs of the chair. In addition, there are two more aluminum bars shaped like the letter “C” that form the arms and the front legs of the chair. The arms are interesting in that they form an arch with the front ends being screwed into the front sides of the seat.

The Red Lounger. This rectangular lounger has a flexible and ribbed appearance. The head of the chair is erect, the back curves downward, the seat rises upward, and the foot plateaus. A bowl shaped wooden base that consists of four splayed legs and an adjustment rotator supports the chair.

The Intimate Island Lounge Chair. This chair has a crescent shaped cushion that serves as the back of the chair. The seat cushion has two layers, one that is for sitting and another to serve as the base. A round walnut frame serves as a shell for the cushions. The three legs that support the chair are a part of the walnut frame. One leg supports the chair’s back, and two legs support the front.

The Swingline Table. A circular lacquered wooden table with an interesting seating arrangement. Four legs support the top surface of the table. Rather than act as separate pieces of furniture from the table, four round stools are attached to the table’s legs. This is made apparent by the hold drilled into each stool’s seat. The stools each have two legs. Combined with the extra legs from the main table that