Unseated

Contemporary Chairs Reimagined
On View through May 7, 2017
Ron Arad, Rolling Volume, 1989. Stainless steel and lead.

Ron Arad (British, born Israel, 1951), Rolling Volume, 1989. Stainless steel and lead. Manufactured by One Off, London. Gift of Robert and Lisa Kessler, 2012.324. © Ron Arad.

Scott Bennett, Jeffrey Matthias, CARBON Chair, 2014. Carbon fiber reinforced concrete, walnut, plastic.

Scott Bennett (American, born 1974), Jeffrey Matthias (American, born 1979), CARBON Chair, 2014. Carbon fiber reinforced concrete, walnut, plastic. Manufactured by Housefish, Denver, CO. Gift of the manufacturer, 2014.60. © Scott Bennett and Jeffrey Matthias.

Joris Laarman, Microstructures Adaptation Chair (Long Cell) Prototype, 2014. 3D printed nylon and copper.

Joris Laarman (Dutch, born 1979), Microstructures Adaptation Chair (Long Cell) Prototype, 2014. 3-D printed polyamide and copper. Funds from Design Council of the Denver Art Museum, 2015.263. © Joris Laarman.

Tom Price, Meltdown Chair: PP Tube #1, 2008. Polypropylene.

Tom Price (British, born 1973), Meltdown Chair: PP Tube #1, 2008. Polypropylene. Funds from Design Council of the Denver Art Museum, 2011.440. © Tom Price.

nendo, Visible Structures: Chair (White), 2011. Polystyrene and carbon fiber tape.

nendo (Established 2002, Tokyo, Japan), Visible Structures: Chair (White), 2011. Polystyrene and carbon fiber tape. Funds from Design Council of the Denver Art Museum, 2013.60. © nendo.

Oskar Zieta, Chippensteel Chair Limited, 2008. Stainless steel.

Oskar Zieta (Polish, born 1975), Chippensteel Chair Limited, 2008. Stainless steel. Funds from Design Council of the Denver Art Museum, 2015.3. © Oskar Zieta.

Faye Toogood (British, born 1977), Roly Poly Chair (Raw), 2014. Fiberglass. Funds from Design Council of the Denver Art Museum, 2014.158. © Faye Toogood. Photograph courtesy Studio Toogood.

Anton Alvarez, The Thread Wrapping Machine Stool 230415

Anton Alvarez (Swedish-Chilean, born Sweden, 1980), The Thread Wrapping Machine Stool 230415, 2015. Polyester thread, fabric, PVA glue, color pigment, MDF, plywood, OSB, wood, plastic, and metal. Acquired by exchange, 2015.281. © Anton Alvarez.

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On View through May 7, 2017
North Building - Level 2
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Innovative and unexpected―these works reveal the vast range of materials and processes utilized by contemporary designers as they challenge our notions of what design can be through the enduring form of the chair.

The methods employed by these designers demonstrate a juxtaposition of handcraftsmanship and digital production, from unconventional and spontaneous processes (melting, wrapping, and molding), to sculpting with math and technology. Some utilize longstanding production methods, while others push the limits of existing technologies or build their own specialized tools.

On view at the Denver Art Museum for the first time, these works have become a part of the DAM's architecture, design, and graphics collection within the past five years. They reflect the vitality and diversity of contemporary design practices around the globe and locally.

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