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.