ionic bench – laurie beckerman

Ionic Bench – Laurie Beckerman

The Ionic Bench is inspired by the capital of an Ionic column. Instead of the look of dense stone, the lines of the form are extracted to create a light, spacious and resilient bench in which a person sits in the middle – framed on either side by two big, luxurious scrolls. The lines of the plies evoke a feeling of movement and vibrancy.

Made from 1” thick Baltic Birch plywood, the bench’s profile is cut out 18 times with the use of CNC technology. The slices are laminated together for a strong, curvaceous form. The surfaces that reveal the plies are finely sanded, and coated with a high-quality Italian acrylic;  the result is a seat that is sensuously smooth to the touch.

Dimensions: 49” Length, 21” Height (18” seat height), 18” Depth

More info: www.lauriebeckerman.com

The Ionic Bench will be exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, Florida in the upcoming show:

The Art of Seating – 200 Years of American Design
January 21, 2011 – April 3, 2011

Museum of Contemporary Art
333 North Laura Street
Jacksonville, FL  32202
www.mocajacksonville.org
T: (904) 366-6911

Museum of Contemporary Art (Jacksonville, FL) . The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design

Most chairs encountered throughout the day define themselves fairly simply – a place at the family table, a comfortable spot with a great view of the river, a seat of corporate power. But, when looking at the 40-plus chairs selected for “The Art of Seating:  200  Years of American Design”, there is so much more. These works of art have compelling stories to tell about our national history, the evolution of American design, and incredible artistry and craftsmanship.

“The Art of Seating” an exhibition which opens Friday, Jan. 21, at Jacksonville’s Museum of Contemporary Art, a cultural resource of the University of North Florida, provides the region with a unique opportunity to see chair types that previously might have been seen only in major Northeast museums or that were withheld from public display in private homes. The American Chair Collection, the center of this exhibition, is an amazing and comprehensive private collection of iconic and historic chairs reaching back from the mid 1800s to pieces from today’s studio movement.

The exhibition also offers a glimpse into the dedication and passion of a private collector who worked with scholars, conservators, photographers and MOCA’s curatorial staff to bring this show together. “The exhibition provides us with an opportunity to see readily recognizable pieces mixed with some gems rarely seen by the public,” said Thomas Serwatka, interim director of MOCA.

“The Art of Seating” takes the viewer into the design studio through patent drawings, documented upholstery, artist renderings and multimedia presentations. Selections from The Jacobsen Collection of American Art offer a stylistic journey in furniture with showstoppers by John Henry Belter, George Hunzinger, the Herter Brothers, the Stickley Brothers, Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles and Ray Eames, Isamu Noguchi, Frank Gehry and others waiting to be discovered. The exhibition will also feature contemporary and historic designs by some of the  biggest manufacturers such as Knoll, Herman Miller and Steelcase.

Perhaps the most illustrious piece of history in this collection is that of the House of Representatives Chamber Arm Chair from 1857. Designed by Thomas U. Walter, Architect of the Capitol from 1851 to 1865, the House of Representatives chairs were created to be used in the halls of Congress and were showcased in portraits of political leaders such as Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Jackson.

Specially created pedestals and interior spaces designed by Designmind’s Larry Wilson will add dramatic presentation elements, and the museum’s atrium will be adorned with a large-scale sculpture by local artist Dolf James, one of the organizers of Imagination Squared.

In concert with “The Art of Seating”, MOCA is providing several other educational and celebratory activities including an American design symposium at UNF’s University Center (Saturday, Feb 19);  MOCA’s annual gala on (Saturday, March 12); and a series of public lectures and films.

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