Art/ Collection/ Art Object

"I Sassi" ("The Rocks") Seating

Designer:
Piero Gilardi (Italian, born 1942)
Manufacturer:
Gufram (Italian, founded 1952)
Date:
1967–68
Medium:
Painted polyurethane foam
Dimensions:
uneven dimensions
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Theodore R. Gamble Jr. Gift, in honor of his mother, Mrs. Theodore Robert Gamble, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.6.2a-c
Not on view
This seating group is unconventional in both its Surreal aesthetic ("soft" rocks) and its technical structure (unsupported polyurethane foam). Avoiding any associations with traditional furniture, Gilardi created an amusing and subversive design that is as much a work of art as a functional object.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Century of Design, Part III: 1950–1975," November 28, 2000–April 1, 2001, no catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Classic/Fantastic: Selections from the Modern Design Collection," December 21, 2007–April 5, 2009, no catalogue.

R. Craig Miller. Modern Design in The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1890–1990. New York, 1990, ill. pp. 292–93 (color).



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