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Chair design celebrated at Big Apple exhibit

The 24 chairs in the “Sitting Still” exhibit represented over 50 years of artful design.

The 24 chairs in the “Sitting Still” exhibit represented over 50 years of artful design.

“Sitting Still: A Field Study” was recently on display at The Hudson Company’s Manhattan showroom from May 11-24.

Curator and interior designer Brad Ford assembled 24 chairs for the exhibition. Made by a range of makers from the 1960s to present day, each piece is said to combine artful construction with a natural feeling of calm and stillness.


Ford dug into his personal archives for the exhibit, pulling works from his home, showroom, and relationships with makers including George Nakashima, Finn Juhl, Jim Zivic, Fern, Michael Robbins, PP Mobler, Overgaard & Dyrman, Furniture Marolles, Coil + Drift, Sawkille, Regeneration, Weinberg Modern, Rayon Roskar, David Ebner, BDDW, Fort Standard, Egg Collective, Asher Israelow, O&G, and Materia Designs.

Among those featured are Nakashima’s Mira chair and Grass Seat, Zivic’s Campaign Folding Chair, Fern’s Sawyer Dining Chair, Robbins’ Wickson Chair and Bridle Chair, PP Mobler’s PP 505 chair, and Furniture Marolles’ The Marolles Chair.

“As May has become a month-long festival of design in New York, I wanted to create a space for pause and appreciation of great design,” Ford said in a statement. “Partnering with The Hudson Company allowed us to create the feeling of quiet and quality that we were looking for.”

Founded in 1995, The Hudson Company is an FSC Certified custom mill specializing in wood flooring, paneling, and beams based in Pine Plains, N.Y.

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The 24 chairs in the “Sitting Still” exhibit represented over 50 years of artful design.

The 24 chairs in the “Sitting Still” exhibit represented over 50 years of artful design.

Eames exhibit

Through Sept. 1, the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich., will host an exhibition featuring work by some of the 20th century’s most influential designers, Charles and Ray Eames. “The World of Charles and Ray Eames”, which premiered in May, explores the couple’s careers and the extraordinary work of the Eames Office. Featuring more than 400 artifacts, it showcases their influential work in architecture, furniture, graphic and product design, painting, drawing, film, sculpture, photography and more.

Trained in architecture and painting respectively, Charles and Ray (Kaiser) met at the Cranbrook School of Art, Michigan, in 1940. The following year the couple married and moved to California to set up a home and a new studio, the Eames Office. The work of the Eames Office is characterized for most people by designs for furniture and products, yet they designed using a wide variety of tools and media, according to the museum.

Charles and Ray collaborated and associated with the leading artistic figures of the 20th century and their immediate circle included Buckminster Fuller and Alexander Girard, innovators featured within The Henry Ford’s own collection. Also included is material which highlights the importance of these relationships to the couple’s life, philosophy and working processes.

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This article originally appeared in the July 2018 issue.

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