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"September" Armchair

Designer:
Shigeru Uchida (Japanese, born Yokohoma, 1943)
Manufacturer:
Build Co Ltd
Date:
1977
Medium:
Melamine baked steel pipe, melamine baked stainless steel wire
Dimensions:
26 3/4 x 35 1/4 x 17 7/8 in. (67.9 x 89.5 x 45.4 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of Studio 80, 1988
Accession Number:
1988.192
Not on view
The formal simplicity, industrial materials, and matte black finish of this chair typify early High Tech design and lend it a rationalist, state-of-the-art quality. The frame, which comprises three legs supporting a semicircular joint back and armrest, is made from blackened steel tubing. The triangular seat of woven stainless steel wires fits within the arc of the back and armrest. Though the severity of this chair indicates that it was not intended for long-term sitting, a particular lyricism is evoked through the grace and refinement of its proportions, the visual and physical strength of its materials, and the poetic quality of its name.
Studio 80, Tokyo (1988; their gift to MMA)

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Century of Design, Part III: 1950–1975," November 28, 2000–April 1, 2001, no catalogue.

R. Craig Miller in "Twentieth Century Art." Recent Acquisitions: A Selection, 1987–1988. New York, 1988, p. 76, ill.

R. Craig Miller. Modern Design in The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1890–1990. New York, 1990, ill. p. 217.

Karrie Jacobs. "The Art of the Design Museum." Metropolis 10 (December 1990), ill. pp. 5, 43.

Shigeru Uchida with Ikuyo Mitsuhashi. Interiors, Furniture and Architecture. Tokyo, 2003, pp. 34–35, ill. (color).



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