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Henry P. Glass & The Hairpin Leg

Updated: Jan 31, 2018


Henry P. Glass, born in Vienna was an American designer, architect, author, and inventor. Glass was active during the mid-century and died in 2003. He left Austria after having been imprisoned by the Nazi’s at the beginning of the Second World War and immigrated to New York, working for industrial designer Russell Wright.


The metal hairpin leg was created around the time Glass studied under the famous artists László Moholy-Nagy and György Kepes who were guided by the Bauhaus movement. It was during the war effort that Glass devised a product that was elegant, strong and above all resource efficient as materials were scarce.

With this ‘waste not’ approach Glass created the pinnacle of form and function by producing the iconic, timeless and classic design now known as the Hairpin leg.


His industrial designs include:

- Inflatable Chairs (1941)

- Hairpin Leg Furniture (1942)

- Saran Weave Folding Lawn Recliner (1953)

- Swingline Children's Furniture (1954)

- Kenmar/Glass Omega Lounger (1957)

- Cylindra Furniture (1966) concept developed in 1942

- Cricket Chair (1978)


Today thinkFOUND uses the steel hairpin leg design in its industrial inspired reclaimed wood table - marrying the reuse of wood with the efficiency of the metal design in a continuation of Glass' philosophy to keep waste to a minimum and create a sturdy product that can be both strong and stylish and above all affordable.


At thinkFOUND we believe furniture can reflect not just who we are but how we want to live. If our furniture can be economical on materials and promote a greener living without compromising on style then why can't we create a better environment to live in, not just for our homes but for our future.


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