The Thread Wrapping Machine Stool 230415

4/23/2015

Object

Designer

Anton Alvarez, Swedish, Chilean, 1980-
Born: Sweden
Work Locations: Stockholm, Sweden

Locale

Country

Object Info

Object: stool
Not currently on view
Object ID: 2015.281

Medium/Technique

Polyester thread, fabric, PVA glue, color pigment, MDF, plywood, OSB, wood, plastic, and metal

Credit

Acquired by exchange

More Info

Dimensions

height: 17 3/4 in, 45.0850 cm; length: 18 5/8 in, 47.3075 cm; depth: 7 in, 17.7800 cm

Department

Architecture and Design

Known Provenance

Purchased June 2015 from Salon 94 by the Denver Art Museum; created 23 April 2015 at Salon 94, New York, New York.

Caption

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

Inscription

Signed and dated by the artist.

Extended Info

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

"My machine is also drawing something by giving physical dimension to my ideas."  — Anton Alvarez

Thread replaces joints and screws in the furniture that emerges from Anton Alvarez’s custom-built Thread Wrapping Machine. The tool spins at high speed, binding pieces of wood, metal, plastic, and textiles in hundreds of feet of glue- and paint-coated thread. Alvarez controls the process up to a point—with a foot pedal and by passing materials through the open wheel of the machine. The time-consuming act dictates the final shape of his brightly-colored objects.

Exhibition History

  • "Unseated: Contemporary Chairs Reimagined"—Denver Art Museum, 5/1/2016 - 11/12/2017