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What is this?

Metal chair in the form of a shopping cart.

Why is this in our collection?

The shopping cart is the icon of modern consumerism. This chair is made of the same bent, chromed wire used to make shopping carts around the world. In addition to playing with image and function, the chair offers an editorial comment on the role of consumerism in the 1980s, becoming a document of a decade. The chair was originally created as a unique work of art—it is with great irony that this highly-charged critique of consumerism has since become a consumer item itself. (August 14, 1991)

This is a chair from Germany. It is dated ca. 1991 and we acquired it in 1992. Museum purchase from Eleanor G. Hewitt Fund.

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Its medium is


Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 103.3 x 72 x 75 cm (40 11/16 x 28 3/8 x 29 1/2 in.)

This object was designed by Stiletto Studios

This object was purchased from Stiletto Studios

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url= |title=Consumer's Rest Chair, ca. 1991 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=27 July 2015 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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