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Choosing a Gift
Thank you for your participation in our discussion, and for helping us choose which piece if furniture to add to the collection. Your feedback is very appreciated!
The wood chair
Shelley - 6.16.2011 - 3:33 PM
The Wood Chair
David - 6.16.2011 - 9:39 AM
Madame Dakar Chair - great shape - great colors
Carl Perloff - 6.16.2011 - 9:26 AM
Newsom's Wood Chair is my preference. Elegantly simple, but striking.
Plonk - 6.15.2011 - 11:48 PM
Not much to add, simply, Newsom chair, please. It caught my eye right away and seems the most "natural," that is the least self-conscious piece of the four. I like that.
alphabetosis - 6.15.2011 - 8:59 AM
The "Clay" dining chair looks like a rather conventional modern chair covered in some form of clay, as the name states (looks like a shiny plastic or polymer). I do like its royal or azure blue color; one of my favorites (thus, I'm prejudiced in that regard). Otherwise there is little to say about it; it is what it is. The "Showtime" armchair looks a bit awkward and ungainly with its oversized baby garage hood. Its plastic white color also looks a bit banal (at least in this photo). I'd prefer an over-sized, wing-backed, leather (men's club) chair. And although I'm fond of the "Madame Dakar" chair's African color scheme and pattern the chair does not look very comfortable (in this image anyway); looks like an oversized stool. Also evokes a kind of African Mickey Mouse with its corner "ears". Reminds me of the kind of hip, cartoon-y, "post modern" design that came out of the Italian Memphis Group in the early 80s (which was more a commentary than useful and comfortable furniture (though an occasional good piece was produced particularly from Michael Graves - but I digress).
Finally my favorite - or my final choice - would be Marc Newson's "Wood Chair". Guess I'm more a Modernist, or a "form follows function", “less is more" kind-a-guy (at least in this case). Although it may be somewhat questionable as to how comfortable it is, unless you intend to be quite laid back when sitting in it (which actually may prove more than comfortable, come to think of it). I do like its expressive use of materials, bouncing off of a Modernist aesthetic (Neo-modernist, if you will). Its rounded, softer lines are appealing; most modernist pieces tended towards straight lines and the angular (of course there were exceptions).
Actually, this piece is as much, shall we say, post-post-modern as it is neo-modernist, which, one might say, makes it an even more intriguing design...(if one approves of such monikers; well, one must; they are convenient verbal generalizations).Would be cooler if one could adjust this chair's back to be more upright as well as laid back, and, probably with some difficulty, it could be done - maybe but it would make it much more costly too. Probably best seen than sat in; best viewed, as many pieces of modern furniture, more as sculpture or concept than as utilitarian. But either way I like it and therefore choose it.
jfloyd - 6.14.2011 - 1:44 PM
I love the clay chair by Maarten Baas. Representative of the Dutch designers, fun and comments on the move from mass produced design. Would love to see it part of the collection.
J P - 6.13.2011 - 4:08 PM
My vote is for the wood chair for a number of reasons. As others note, it is simple, fluid, minimalistic, pleasing to the eye. For me it additionally reflects the symbolism of our times - the ribbon movement. We are so "over" connected on-line, that we crave that face-to-face connection. So we wear ribbons of every color to unite with others in collective action - red for heart disease or HIV/AIDS, teal for ovarian cancer, pink for breast cancer, puzzle shaped for autism, etc. The lines here are reminiscent of these ribbons. Go Wood chair!
Christina - 6.12.2011 - 4:44 PM
I vote for the wood chair. It's outstanding in both - design and craftsmanship. Something you will never get tired to look at.
Elke Walter - 6.11.2011 - 8:12 AM
The wood chiar is a masterpeice of fluid degign
Liz - 6.11.2011 - 6:40 AM
"Madame Dakar" Chair - unique in materials and design!
A. Hajdas - 6.10.2011 - 10:30 AM
I would prefer the wood chair. It is such a beautiful design with thread curved around but still balancing. I vote for it.
Grace Lam - 6.9.2011 - 8:34 PM
I really like the wood chair. It design is modern, and a touch of classic. I also think it is femine but bold, it can hold its own in any room, like a strong woman
Sybil - 6.9.2011 - 2:51 PM
I narrowed it down to the Madame Dakar and the wood chair then gave my prsonal prize to the M Dakar chair. Fresh ideas from an ancient land
Johanna - 6.9.2011 - 1:52 PM
I can see why the Newsom chair is a popular favorite. But I prefer the Madame Dakar chair. PMA is extremely thin in all things sub-Saharan West African, and this would be a small step in the right direction. Africa is the future.
Stu - 6.9.2011 - 1:40 PM
The Showtime chair is wonderful - if only we could sit in it! lol that's my vote!
James - 6.9.2011 - 1:00 PM
The "Showtime" chair is just fabulous. I love how playful such a simple form can be!
Louise - 6.9.2011 - 12:27 PM
All are interesting..but I prefer the organic flow of the wooden chair....
Pat Hall - 6.9.2011 - 12:11 PM
While the wood chair is simply all that above posters have mentioned, the clay chair beautiful and uniquely modern and the modern "slipper chair" an homage to Art Deco / Art Moderne? design and wonderful in its own qualities (and the ability to "hide"), I am thinking the Dakar chair in order to build the museum's African / African-inspired collection. While I am not quite sure of the museum's holdings in this area, I am thinking they probably could use some amplification.
Judith Lewis - 6.9.2011 - 12:00 PM
Love the wood chair. It's form is just beautiful!
Pauline - 6.9.2011 - 11:53 AM
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