Vogue Captures David Adjaye and His “One-of-a-Kind Chair” at Gallery Met at Lincoln CenterDavid Adjaye Credits the “Incredible Technical Team” at Knoll with Helping Bring His Design to Life
March 19, 2014
In a March 18, 2014 piece in the culture section at vogue.com, photographer Mark Peckmezian captures Knoll designer David Adjaye with the one-of-a-kind chair Adjaye designed for the exhibition Imaginary Portraits: Prince Igor which is on view at Gallery Met at Lincoln Center until May 10, 2014.
“I was approached by Dodie Kazanjian to create a piece for a group show on the occasion of the Met’s production of Prince Igor, an opera by Borodin that hasn’t been performed at the Met since 1917,” Adjaye told Vogue.
The throne is part of Imaginary Portraits: Prince Igor the largest exhibition in Gallery Met history, which includes the work of 23 other prominent artists in addition to Adjaye. Adjaye admits that he approached the throne's design by thinking “about a chair beyond the traditional boundaries of use. “I tried to explore expression rather than efficiency,” he said. Bringing his design to life, would require outside expertise.
“I had recently collaborated with Knoll on a collection of furniture [the Washington Collection for Knoll™] and I asked if they would work with me on this project to bring the chair to life.” “Together with their incredible technical team, we explored the ergonomics and the material technology to establish the tension and the two forms,” Adjaye continued. “I specifically requested that the throne be accessible to all—something to interact with rather than to look at.”
The chair’s top and base are each milled from a single block and joined by steel plates. “Thanks to Knoll’s exhaustive ergonomic modeling, it is very comfortable. I love watching people gravitate towards this extraordinary object when they visit the Met,” he concluded.
The Washington Collection for Knoll™ was the acclaimed architect’s first foray into furniture design. Introduced in 2013, the collection currently includes Washington Skeleton™, an aluminum side chair, Washington Skin™ a plastic side chair and Washington Corona™, a coffee table.