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Drawing - Bel Air armchair

Bel Air armchair

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    January 1982 to December 1982 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Shire, Peter, born 1947 (Designers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil and bodycolour

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case EDUC, shelf 10G

The 'Bel Air' armchair is thought by some critics to be one of the most significant Memphis Group pieces. Its use of asymmetrical design overall and a mixture of basic forms in unexpected places and bright colours embodies the unconventional aspects of Memphis which intended to challenge the narrow constraints of traditional Italian furniture design and manufacture.

Physical description

Design showing two views on one sheet for the upholstered asymmetrical armchair coloured in bright primary colours. The carcass is bright yellow, the left armrest is pink, the seat green. Each foot is different: one a round purple ball, another a red oblong and across the front a single blue foot.

Place of Origin

London (made)


January 1982 to December 1982 (made)


Shire, Peter, born 1947 (Designers)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil and bodycolour

Marks and inscriptions

On the front: Signed and dated in ball-point pen: SHIRE 1982; and inscribed in pencil with colour notes. On the back: PETER SHIRE LONDRA.


Height: 27.9 cm, Width: 20.4 cm

Descriptive line

design for Bel Air armchair

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Barbara Radice, Memphis, Thames and Hudson, 1985, p.123

Production Note

Signed and dated Peter Shire Londra 1982

Reason For Production: Retail

Subjects depicted



Designs; Furniture; Interiors; Drawings

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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