Modern chair design now on display at the Palm Springs Art Museum


The Palm Springs Art Museum reopened the Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion with the exhibition The modern chair.

This special exhibition will follow a chronology of the development of the modern chair starting with the famous Thonet “B-9” bentwood chair (circa 1905), which is widely regarded as the first modern chair. Le Corbusier frequently used it in his early architectures as there was no other modern furniture readily available at the time.

The modern chair will trace the evolution from the first cantilever example of Mart Stam, then to the conceptions of the present times, including examples of Cini Boeri, Charles and Ray Eames, Frank Gehry, Eileen Gray, George Nakashima, Charlotte Perriand, Rudolph Schindler, among many others.

Technological and stylistic advancements have driven chair design forward at breakneck speed in the 20th century like never before. The exhibition will also contain important examples from the 21st century.

Taken in part from the rich collection of the Palm Springs Art Museum, the exhibit will also include key loans from renowned collectors and collections. In total, The modern chair will include more than 50 works by international designers, and will open to the public on September 9, 2021.


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