Date: 17 March - November 2017
Time: 10am – 5pm
Registration: Free Entry
Thirty-five provocative and eye-catching contemporary chairs, will be displayed in the upcoming National Gallery of Victoria exhibition Creating the Contemporary Chair: The Gordon Moffatt Gift. The works explore the continuing allure of the chair and its enduring hold over designers. Some of the most inventive Australian and International contemporary designers are featured, including Herman Miller’s Iconic Aeron chair.
The Aeron chair was designed by Bill Stumpf and Don Chadwick in 1994. They set out to create a chair that was health-positive, cross-performing, inclusively-sized, and environmentally sensitive, they arrived at a design unlike the world had ever seen. Aeron demonstrated a pioneering step in ergonomics and material innovation, and provided a comfortable solution without the standard use of foam, fabric, or leather. It changed people’s perception of what an office chair could be and in doing so it soon found a place in popular culture.
Presented as part of the inaugural Melbourne Design Week, Creating the Contemporary Chair explores the significance of chairs as markers of design evolution and as objects embedded with meaning, expression and utility. Works on display range in date from 1980 to 2016 and include examples of chairs which represented breakthroughs in design and production.
Creating the Contemporary Chair: The Gordon Moffatt Gift is on display at NGV International 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC. From 17 March – November 2017. Open daily, 10am-5pm. Entry is free.
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