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Chair Stories

January 28 - April 2, 2017 / Curated by Jennifer Gately

 Kazuyo Sejima & Ryue Nishizawa (Sanaa, Fineland, b. 1956, 1966), Drop Chair, Designed in 2005 for 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Aluminum and tubular steel, Collection of Eric McDougall.

 Kazuyo Sejima & Ryue Nishizawa (Sanaa, Fineland, b. 1956, 1966), Drop Chair, Designed in 2005 for 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Aluminum and tubular steel, Collection of Eric McDougall.

 

Bringing together a mix of aesthetic sensibilities, design histories, and personal narratives, Chair Stories, features designs chosen by accomplished architects, artists, designers, and design experts with ties to coastal Marin along with personal narratives describing how the chosen chair has influenced their life, professional thinking, or design practice; in some cases participants also contributed a chair of their own design. Chairs as diverse as a vintage walnut lounge chair by beloved Bolinas woodworker Arthur Carpenter, an armchair made from rope by Marcel Wanders submitted by Dwell magazine founder Lara Deam, and even an antique commode from the collection of Inverness eco architect Sim Van der Ryn, among others, accompany designs by participating industrial designer Yves Behar; interior designer Charles DeLisle; artist Ido Yoshimoto; and architects Valentino Agnoli, Chris Deam, and John Lum. The exhibition also features a selection of wooden maquettes by Art Carpenter and his son, Tripp Carpenter, as well as related ephemera from their Bolinas Espenet Studio.

 

Invited Participants

Valentino Agnoli – Architect, Stinson Beach

Joseph Becker – Design Curator, SFMoMA, San Francisco

Yves Behar – Industrial Designer and Fuse Project Founder, San Francisco/Bolinas

Tripp Carpenter – Woodworker/Furniture Maker, Bolinas/Mill Valley

Lara Deam – Dwell Magazine Founder, San Francisco/Bolinas

Chris Deam – Architect/Designer, San Francisco/Bolinas

Charles DeLisle – Interior, Furniture, and Lighting Designer, San Francisco/Mill Valley

Rob Forbes – Design Within Reach Founder, San Francisco/Stinson Beach

John Lum – Architect, San Francisco/Bolinas

Eric McDougall – Design Creative, San Francisco/Bolinas

Sim Van der Ryn  – Architect, Inverness

Ido Yoshimoto – Woodworker/Artist, Inverness








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