The Art Institute of Chicago has acquired two designs by David Adjaye for Knoll to its permanent collection. Knoll donated the Washington Skeleton Aluminum Side Chair and Washington Skin Nylon Side Chair to the museum's permanent collection in June 2016.
David Adjaye designed the Washington Skeleton and Washington Skin Chairs in 2013 as part of the Washington Collection for Knoll™. The designs, conceived of as inverses of each other, are both elegant and playful takes on propping and balancing, expressing structural function as well as sculptural form. The chairs appeared in the Art Institute of Chicago's mid-career survey of Adjaye's architectural, urban and furniture designs, Making Place: The Architecture of David Adjaye. The show ran from September 2015 until early January 2016.
David Adjaye discussed the Washington Collection designs on a panel at the Art Institute of Chicago in September 2015.
The Art Institute of Chicago was founded as both a museum and school for the fine arts in 1879; both the school and the museum are recognized internationally as leading fine arts institutions in the United States.