Bertoia Diamond Designed by Harry Bertoia (1915-1978), Manufactured by Knoll Associates, New York City, NY, Large Diamond Lounge Chair, c. 1952

It's the exhibit you never knew you wanted. The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design is currently on display at the Arkansas Arts Center to round out 2017 programming.

Billed as "the first comprehensive survey of American chair design," the exhibition dives deep into the evolution of time, materials, culture, taste and technology, and how each one affected the transformation of design in the U.S.

The pieces — all 43 of them — come from the Thomas H. and Diane DeMell Jacobsen Ph.D. Foundation in Jacksonville, Florida, and will be on display at the AAC through Dec. 31.

Here's a glimpse of what to expect at The Art of Seating.

 

Pictured above:

Bertoia Diamond

Designed by Harry Bertoia (1915-1978), Manufactured by Knoll Associates, New York City, NY, Large Diamond Lounge Chair, c. 1952

 

Beer Current Chair Designed and Manufactured by Vivian Beer (b. 1977), Penland, NC, Current, 2004 Belter Slipper Designed and Manufactured by John Henry Belter (1804-1863), New York City, NY, Slipper Chair (Grape Vine and Oak Leaf), c. 1860

Beer Current Chair

Designed and Manufactured by Vivian Beer (b. 1977), Penland, NC, Current, 2004

Belter Slipper

Designed and Manufactured by John Henry Belter (1804-1863), New York City, NY, Slipper Chair (Grape Vine and Oak Leaf), c. 1860

 

LCW-Eames Chair Designed by Charles Eames (1907-1978) and Ray Eames (1912-1988), Manufactured by Evans Products, Co. for Herman Miller Furniture Company (Est. 1923), Grand Rapids, MI, LCW (Lounge Chair Wood), c. 1945 House of Representatives Chamber Arm Chair Designed by Thomas Ustick Walter (1804-1887), Manufactured by Hammitt Desk Manufacturing Company, Philadelphia, PA, House of Representatives Chamber Arm Chair, 1857

LCW-Eames Chair

Designed by Charles Eames (1907-1978) and Ray Eames (1912-1988), Manufactured by Evans Products, Co. for Herman Miller Furniture Company (Est. 1923), Grand Rapids, MI, LCW (Lounge Chair Wood), c. 1945

House of Representatives Chamber Arm Chair

Designed by Thomas Ustick Walter (1804-1887), Manufactured by Hammitt Desk Manufacturing Company, Philadelphia, PA, House of Representatives Chamber Arm Chair, 1857

 

Warren Centripetal Designed by Thomas E. Warren (active with American Chair Co. 1849-52), Manufactured by the American Chair Co. (1829-1858), Troy, NY, Centripetal Spring Arm Chair, c. 1850 McKinley Arm Chair Designed by David Wolcott Kendall (1851-1910), Manufactured by Phoenix Furniture Company (Founded 1870), Grand Rapids, MI, "McKinley" Arm Chair, c. 1894-96

Warren Centripetal

Designed by Thomas E. Warren (active with American Chair Co. 1849-52), Manufactured by the American Chair Co. (1829-1858), Troy, NY, Centripetal Spring Arm Chair, c. 1850

McKinley Arm Chair

Designed by David Wolcott Kendall (1851-1910), Manufactured by Phoenix Furniture Company (Founded 1870), Grand Rapids, MI, "McKinley" Arm Chair, c. 1894-96

 

Smythe Synergistic Designed and Manufactured by Kenneth Smythe (b. 1937), Oakland, CA, Synergistic Synthesis XVII sub b1 Chair, 2003

Smythe Synergistic

Designed and Manufactured by Kenneth Smythe (b. 1937), Oakland, CA, Synergistic Synthesis XVII sub b1 Chair, 2003

 

The Arkansas Arts Center is located at 9th and Commerce Streets. Hours of operation are Gallery Hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday, and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday. 

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