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Rover Car Chair

A chair made from a car seat attached to a tubular scaffolding frame with semicircular forms making up armrests and feet.

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  • A chair made from a car seat attached to a tubular scaffolding frame with semicircular forms making up armrests and feet.

Date:

1981

Artist:

Ron Arad
English, born Israel, 1951

Manufactured by One Off
British, founded 1979

About this artwork

Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, a cluster of industrial designers, including London-based Ron Arad, hungry for experimentation and inhibited by the economic climate in Europe, began exploring new methods and approaches to design problems. One of Arad’s most significant early works, this chair is made from a Rover 2000 car seat mounted on a frame of Kee Klamp scaffolding originally designed in the 1930s. The design illustrates Arad’s preoccupation with experimentation and innovation, combining original and preexisting objects into inventive constructions with new uses in an effort to reawaken interest in these previously discarded materials and forms.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Architecture and Design

Artist

Ron Arad (Designer)

Title

Rover Car Chair

Date

1981

Medium

Rover 2000 car seat mounted on a frame of Kee Klamp scaffolding, tubular steel frame, and vinyl upholstery

Dimensions

76 × 88 × 66 cm (30 × 34 1/2 × 26 in.)

Credit Line

Purchased with funds provided by the Architecture & Design Society

Reference Number

2008.207

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