johnny swing at rabih hage gallery
johnny swing at rabih hage gallery johnny swing at rabih hage gallery
oct 07, 2010

johnny swing at rabih hage gallery

johnny swing: change rabih hage gallery, london on now until october 23rd, 2010

rabih hage gallery, london presents an exhibition of new works, alongside iconic pieces, by american designer / artist johnny swing who is known for constructing furniture from american coins.

johnny swing all the king’s men, 2010 image courtesy of johnny swing

‘all the king’s men’ is one of swing’s newest pieces. the undulating form of the couch is constructed from thousands of half-dollar coins.

johnny swing all the king’s men, 2010 (front view) image courtesy of johnny swing

johnny swing all the king’s men, 2010 (back / top view) image courtesy of johnny swing

johnny swing all the king’s men, 2010 (detail) image courtesy of johnny swing

johnny swing all the king’s men, 2010 underside construction of the steel rod support image courtesy of johnny swing

johnny swing half dollar / butterfly chair, 2009 installation view at rabih hage gallery image © designboom

the immediate audacity its materials is often secondary to the shape of the ‘half dollar / butterfly chair’. it reveals itself with an exposed substructure holding up the smooth skin of its outer layer. the chair is made from 1,500 half dollars with 7,000 welds made for support purposes. it measures 46″W x 32″D x 34″H and weighs 58 lbs.

johnny swing half dollar / butterfly chair, 2009 (detail) image © designboom

johnny swing ‘quarter chair’ images courtesy of johnny swing

‘quarter chair’ takes on an hourglass shape and the proportions of dining room furniture. made from approximately 1,200 quarters, it measures 21″W x 24″D x 36″H and weighs 28 lbs.

johnny swing ‘quarter chair’  (detail) images courtesy of johnny swing

johnny swing ‘jar chair’ image courtesy of johnny swing

constructed from 96 jars and more than 400 pieces of hardware, ‘jar chair’ takes the inherent preciousness of baby food jars and incorporates them into a piece of furniture. the common notion of ‘I’m not going to sit on glass’, offering both a secure and comfortable position, and a massaging nature. the chair stands at 14.5″W x 25.5″D x 40.5″H.

johnny swing ‘jar chair’ (construction detail) image courtesy of johnny swing

johnny swing ‘jar stool’ image © designboom

made from 24 mason jars, ‘jar stool’ is supported by a steel rod structure which resembles an electrical tower.

johnny swing ‘jar stool’ (detail) image © designboom

johnny swing ‘jar stool’ image courtesy of rabih hage gallery

  • i think this piece of furniture is brilliant and it reflects a great deal of hard word and understanding but something i would want to know is why have u chosen the coins … you could have taken any other round flat product to explore the complexity and constrains.

    spriha says:
  • Expensive furniture.

    Anonim44 says:
  • @spriha, why that would have made everything so much easier wouldn’t it? This chair isn’t just a piece of furniture made of flat metal disk welded together. It is also a work of art. Art is not just about the end result (the chair that you see), but rather it is a process of how the artist creates his piece. I don’t know where you’re from but all of these coins used for the ‘butterfly’ and ‘all the kings men’ chairs are American half dollar, which to my knowledge is not produced any longer. So either the artist had to accumulate them himself or acquired them from a collector. Also, since money is circulated each of these coins come from a different place, and now they have assembled at their final resting place into a wonderful work of art.

    RyanJay says:
  • Beautifull work. Congratulations… really stunning!

    fERNANDO says:
  • FYI, the last few pictures are of the jar table not the jar stool

    GR says:

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