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Chair - Rib chair

Rib chair

  • Object:

    Chair

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1986 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Chamberlain, Paul, born 1958 (designer)
    Christian, Peter, born 1958 (designer)
    Flux (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Epoxy-coated steel frame and plywood seat, with foam padding and vinyl upholstery

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the manufacturer

  • Museum number:

    W.5-1988

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This chair was designed by Paul Chamberlain and Peter Christian, both born in Britain in 1958. The chair was designed and manufactured as an inexpensive dining chair for use in both domestic and commercial settings. The 'Rib' was part of a larger range, including office seating and bar stools.

Influences from the better-known design group Memphis can be seen in this piece with its echoes of simple, yet bold geometric shapes of Italian designs from the early 1980s. The design of the back has provided the inspiration for the name of the chair, suggesting the form of spine and ribs to give the chair an actual ‘back’.

Physical description

Black chair, with circular seat, four tubular legs, a flat steel back formed from a support with three slightly curved horizontal struts.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1986 (made)

Artist/maker

Chamberlain, Paul, born 1958 (designer)
Christian, Peter, born 1958 (designer)
Flux (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Epoxy-coated steel frame and plywood seat, with foam padding and vinyl upholstery

Dimensions

Height: 75.7 cm, Width: 40.8 cm, Depth: 44.3 cm

Historical context note

A simple milking stool with a back inspired the original designs for the 'Rib' chair. The self-consciously naive designs of the early 1980s Italian Memphi group, which used configurations of bold geometric shapes as components of furniture, can be compared to this design. The chair can also be seen as late example of the High-Tech style. Manufactured as an inexpensive dining chair for use in both the home and restaurants the 'Rib' was part of a larger range including office seating and bar stools. The name, derived from the form of the back, demonstrates the growing interest in anthropomorphic detailing which countered the sterility of much High-Tech furniture.

Descriptive line

Chair, 'Rib', des. Chamberlain and Christian, man. Flux, 1986

Materials

Epoxy; Steel; Plywood; Foam; Vinyl

Categories

Furniture; Plastic

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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