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1988

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S Chair, 1988

This is a chair. It was designed by Tom Dixon. It is dated 1988 and we acquired it in 2006. Its medium is recycled automobile rubber tire inner tube, steering wheel, welded steel (frame). It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

This high-backed chair by British designer Tom Dixon has multiple stretched narrow horizontal strips of recycled automobile rubber tire inner tubes over its welded steel frame on a steering wheel base. S-shaped, the chair’s seat morphs into the backrest in one continuous curve; there are no joints or pieces that need assembly. Dixon taught himself how to rework salvaged materials into functional furniture. His approach here combines recycled materials and fashions them into a sculptural product of high design.

This object was purchased from Sotheby's and fund: General Acquisitions Endowment. It is credited Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund.

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 109.2 x 47 x 55.9 cm (43 x 18 1/2 x 22 in.)

Cite this object as

S Chair, 1988; Designed by Tom Dixon (English, b. 1959); England; recycled automobile rubber tire inner tube, steering wheel, welded steel (frame); H x W x D: 109.2 x 47 x 55.9 cm (43 x 18 1/2 x 22 in.); Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund; 2006-4-2

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008.

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