Chair, "Consumer's Rest", ca. 1991
Metal. Museum purchase from Eleanor G. Hewitt Fund. 1992-112-1.
- Designed by Stiletto Studios
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)