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Iinfo sul suo fondatore Mr R. Goldman
Paul R. Goldman
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Paul R. Goldman, 91, formerly of Andover, Mass., and
president of Plycraft, Inc., in Lawrence, Mass., died Aug. 12, 2003, in Los
Mr. Goldman graduated from the Boys Latin School in Boston, Brookline, Mass.,
High School, Class of 1931, and the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School
of Economics, Class of 1935.

He married Sylvia Kravath of Dorchester, Mass., and Hull, Mass., in 1935. They
were married close to 60 years before she died in March 1995.

The Goldmans moved to the Lawrence area in 1937 and resided at 8 Joyce Terrace
in Andover from 1941 to 1994. Mr. Goldman bought the Joyce Castle Estate on
North Main Street in Shawsheen Village in Andover and developed the Castle
Heights neighborhood on that land.

Mr. Goldman started building his own sailboats and then went into the
woodworking business in Lawrence. In his initial business, the Plywood Corp.,
Mr. Goldman developed Plytube, a molded plywood tubing. With this, he designed
and manufactured Plytube products for the U.S. military during World War II and
the Korean conflict, including masts for the signal corps and dummy aircraft
decoys among other things. After the war, he started making molded plywood
furniture and in 1953, started Plycraft, Inc., in Lawrence, making fiberglass-
covered boats. He later went back to plywood-molded furniture and continued in
that business until 1994, when he and his wife moved to Florida.

Mr. Goldman is considered "the father of plywood technology" and a pioneer in
the furniture industry. He was described as one of the "Horatio Algers" of his
time in a Newsweek Magazine article in November 1962. The same article noted
the installation of his chairs at the Lincoln Center in New York City. Mr.
Goldman designed his own machinery to mold plywood veneer into complex shapes,
creating beautiful and very comfortable furniture. His first molded chair was
made for Herman Miller, then he continued to manufacture all of his own

Mr. Goldman designed thousands of tables and chairs during what is known as
the "mid-century modern period". Several of his chairs, including the "Mr.
Chair" and the "Cherner Chair", have become classics of this period and are now
sold as valuable antiques of that area. Numerous articles have been published
about Mr. Goldman. He has been noted in books about this period, and some of
his chairs have been on exhibition in museums around the world, including the
Museum of Modern Art in Chicago. His most famous chair, "The Rockwell", was
first produced in 1956 and is thus named as it appeared in a painting by the
eminent artist, Norman Rockwell, on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post in
September 1961. Another famous chair, coined "The Swinger" because of its
shape, has also become a classic. It continues to be recommended by various
medical specialties because of its ability to raise the legs above the user's
chest, truly the first real healthy ergonomic chair. Companies all over the
world have copied this design. Both "The Rockwell" and variations of "The
Swinger: are still manufactured in the U.S.

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