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Designed by:
Sir David Adjaye, British, born 1966  Search this
Manufactured by:
Knoll, Inc., American, founded 1938  Search this
copper on aluminum with nylon and metal
H x W x D (2022.53.2.2): 32 11/16 × 17 7/8 × 20 1/4 in. (83 × 45.4 × 51.5 cm)
seats and seat components
Place made:
East Greenville, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
A Washington Skeleton Aluminum Side Chair designed by Sir David Adjaye. The chair body and legs are constructed from pieces of casted aluminum coated with copper plating. The chair has a cantilever design, with forked front legs that support the entire body of the chair. The chair body is constructed from a single piece of casted metal. It is armless, with a contemporary shaped chair back that widens at the shoulders, and a molded seat with slightly rounded edges and corners. The casted body features an open weave lattice design that integrates triangles, squares, rectangles, and chevrons in a symmetrical pattern. On the underside of the chair, near the seat edge, is a reproduction of the artist’s signature and the manufacturing information in raised, molded text that reads [David Adjaye / KnollStudio 2013]. The chair legs attach to chair body’s two molded chair leg tops that curve down from the front side corners of the chair seat, with mortise and tenon joints secured with copper plated screws. The legs extend diagonally towards the back of the chair, terminating below the chair back. The legs are forked at the midpoint with the forked offshoots extending diagonally toward the front of the chair, terminating below the seat edge. On the bottom of each leg prong is a black nylon glide held in place with two, silver tone, metal screws.
African American  Search this
Craftsmanship  Search this
Design  Search this
Furniture design  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, GIft of Knoll
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Restrictions & Rights:
© Sir David Adjaye
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