the future perfect exhibits 'the chair' featuring 50 designs by 50 designers
 

the future perfect exhibits 'the chair' featuring 50 designs by 50 designers

over forty artists and designers were asked to create a chair for an exhibition in new york. entitled ‘the chair’, it explores the essential piece of furniture as an indication for the ever-changing history of design.

the future perfect exhibits 'the chair' featuring 50 designs by 50 designers

‘the chair’ presents 48 different chair designs
images courtesy of the future perfect

 

 

the exhibition is on show at the future perfect in new york, a contemporary design gallery distinguished for its showcases of one-of-a-kind and limited edition pieces. offering plenty of diversity, ‘the chair’ brings together 48 designs from an international roster of artists and designers, including martino gamper, ewe studio, kelly wearstler, and floris wubben.

the future perfect exhibits 'the chair' featuring 50 designs by 50 designers

the future gallery issued each designer with a brief to create a single chair of their own imagination

 

 

the chair’s elemental simplicity makes it the perfect canvas for designers and artists; it’s a staple that offers endless potential for experimentation, from the ascetic to the audacious,’ explains the future perfect’s founder, david alhadeff.

 

 

for centuries, the chair has symbolized the life and times of designers and consumers, and whilst their purpose has never changed, as art and architecture has evolved, the way they look has. the only thing that remains the same, is their ability to capture the signature style of the person who designed it.

the future perfect exhibits 'the chair' featuring 50 designs by 50 designers

round & square chair (pink) by martino gamper

 

 

we asked each artist to create a single one-of-a-kind chair that embodies who they are as an artist and maker. the results are overwhelming and extremely personal,’ adds laura young, the future perfect gallery director.

the future perfect exhibits 'the chair' featuring 50 designs by 50 designers

twelve forty by floris wubben

 

 

the final line-up ranges from fully functional examples to pieces of pure art and sculpture. italian designer martino gamper presents a chair from his round & square collection, while floris wubben is exhibiting a pastel green and off white piece cast in ceramic.

the future perfect exhibits 'the chair' featuring 50 designs by 50 designers

nalgona chair by chris wolston

 

 

chris wolston is showing an anthropomorphic chair handcrafted with african wicker, riffing on the iconic shape of the plastic remax chair which ubiquitous in colombia. brooklyn-based designer fernando mastrangelo presents ‘drift chair’, an evolution of his sculptural collection inspired by glaciers and natural earth formations.

the future perfect exhibits 'the chair' featuring 50 designs by 50 designers

drift chair by fernando mastrangelo

 

 

kelly wearstler demonstrates how two materials known for their strength and rigidity can become one. the american designer is exhibiting a handcrafted piece of burnished brass which bends and breaks through a solid block of julian jade.

the future perfect exhibits 'the chair' featuring 50 designs by 50 designers

oberon chair by kelly wearstler

 

 

other pieces include a design which utilizes a single line that undulates in 10 curving movements, designed by detroit-based designer ara thorose, and two canine-inspired ceramics by california-based artist katie kimmel. all of the selected works are available to buy through the future perfect.

the future perfect exhibits 'the chair' featuring 50 designs by 50 designers

5+5M conversation by ara thorose

 

 

‘the chair’ runs until 31 may at the future perfect’s flagship new york gallery, located on 55 great jones street. founded by david alhadeff in 2003, the future perfect gallery first opened in a west village townhouse, which doubled as alhadeff’s own home. he later opened spaces in san francisco and los angeles.

the future perfect exhibits 'the chair' featuring 50 designs by 50 designers

bulldog seat by katie kimmel

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