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2014

2017

Pixel Chair (prototype), 2014

This is a Chair (prototype). It was designed by Joris Laarman and fabricated by Joris Laarman Lab. It is dated 2014 and we acquired it in 2014. Its medium is assembled and adhered cnc-milled resin. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

This chair prototype is part of Laarman’s Makerchair series, which explores the relationship between digital design, digital manufacturing, and craftsmanship. Laarman employs computer-numerical-controlled (CNC) milling to make nearly 300 resin pieces that are assembled like a three-dimensional puzzle. This undulating form bridges cutting-edge industrial techniques and the handmade.

This object was purchased from Friedman Benda Gallery and purchased with funds from: Lisa Roberts and David Seltzer and fund: General Acquisitions Endowment. It is credited Museum purchase from the General Acquisitions Fund through gift of Lisa Roberts and David Seltzer in honor of Caroline Baumann.

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 76.5 × 53.6 × 55.2 cm (30 1/8 × 21 1/8 × 21 3/4 in.)

Cite this object as

Pixel Chair (prototype), 2014; Designed by Joris Laarman (Dutch, b. 1979); Netherlands; assembled and adhered cnc-milled resin; H x W x D: 76.5 × 53.6 × 55.2 cm (30 1/8 × 21 1/8 × 21 3/4 in.); Museum purchase from the General Acquisitions Fund through gift of Lisa Roberts and David Seltzer in honor of Caroline Baumann; 2014-43-1

In addition to Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age, this object was previously on display as part of the exhibition Making Design.

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