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Object Timeline

  • We acquired this object.

2007

  • Work on this object began.

2011

  • Work on this object ended.

2015

2017

  • You found it!

Spun, 2007–2011

This is a Spun. It was designed by Heatherwick Studio and Thomas Heatherwick and collaborator: Haunch of Venison. It is dated 2007–2011. Its medium is spun metal.

Can a rotationally symmetrical form make a comfortable chair?
Metal spinning is used to make circular objects such as timpani drums and gas cylinders. The studio wondered if it could use this technique to make a chair with a completely symmetrical rotational form. Experimentation produced an ergonomic form that works as a seat regardless of its orientation. At college, Heatherwick studied with a silversmith skilled at making large objects. Working with Haunch of Venison gallery, the studio used metal spinning to produce a series of unique highly finished pieces in different metals and, in collaboration with Italian furniture manufacturer Magis, they developed a rotation-molded chair in plastic.

It is credited Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio.

Our curators have highlighted 5 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Extrusions, 2008
  • extruded electroless-nickleplated aluminum.
  • Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio.
  • HSP.25
  • Spun Chair, 2010
  • rotationally molded polyethylene.
  • Gift of Herman Miller, Inc..
  • 2012-18-1

Its dimensions are

H x diam. (Coriolus Spun Chair): 64.8 × 90.2 cm (25 1/2 × 35 1/2 in.)

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio.

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