On the Edge of Your Seat: Chairs for the 21st Century, considers new designs in chairs, benches, and stools for the 21st century. This volume includes the sculptural, conceptual, functional (and the occasional dysfunctional) seating, reflecting the dramatic evolution from the storied history of chairmaking in Philadelphia.
Setting this new work in context is a comprehensive essay on the evolution of Philadelphia chairs, the makers and their significance in furniture history by Joshua Lane, the Lois F. and Henry S. McNeil Curator of Furniture, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library. Essays by jurors and artists reflect on some of the groundbreaking designs in this new work.
The Center for Art in Wood and The Furniture Society issued an international call to artists in early 2015 and received a gratifying response described by Albert LeCoff, co-founder and executive director of the Center: “The innovative responses to the call for chairs reflects and documents our world in the first quarter of the 21st century.”
A jury of distinguished artists and curators selected 45 works from 39 artists. The exhibition, which is documented with scores of illustrations in this book, opens May 6 – July 23, 2016, coinciding with The Furniture Society’s annual conference in Philadelphia June 23 – 25.
Exhibiting artists include: Jennifer Anderson, Justin G. Bailey, Bob Brox, Stoel Burrowes, Sheri Crider & Nina Dubois, Alicia Dietz, Jack R. Elliott, Dugan Essick, Adrian Ferrazzutti, Amy Forsyth, Jordan Gehman, Sophie Glenn, Tad Gloeckler, Doug Jones & Carrie Compton, Lauren Kalman, Patrick Kana, David Knopp, Beth Krensky, Joseph G. La Macchia, Jack Larimore, Po Shun Leong, Laura Mays, Christine Mei, Taiji Miyasaka, Mira Nakashima, Christy Oates, Keunho Peter Park, Gord Peteran, Dean Pulver, Andrew Jay Rumpler, Fabiano Sarra, Matt Selnick, Mark Sfirri, Michaela Stone, Joshua Torbick, Misha Volf, and Takahiro Yoshino
2016, ISBN: 978-0-7643-5169-3 Hardcover 9 x12″ 288 pages, full color
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