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1992

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Consumer's Rest Chair, ca. 1991

This is a chair. It is dated ca. 1991 and we acquired it in 1992. Its medium is metal. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

The shopping cart is the icon of modern consumerism. This chair is made of the same bent, chromed wire used to make shopping carts around the world. In addition to playing with image and function, the chair offers an editorial comment on the role of consumerism in the 1980s, becoming a document of a decade. The chair was originally created as a unique work of art—it is with great irony that this highly-charged critique of consumerism has since become a consumer item itself. (August 14, 1991)

This object was featured in our Object of the Week series in a post titled A Rest for the Weary Shopper?.

It is credited Museum purchase from Eleanor G. Hewitt Fund.

  • Chair, 2015
  • nickel-plated steel, aluminum.
  • Courtesy of Thom Browne.
  • 74.2015.2

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 103.3 x 72 x 75 cm (40 11/16 x 28 3/8 x 29 1/2 in.)

Cite this object as

Consumer's Rest Chair, ca. 1991; Germany; metal; H x W x D: 103.3 x 72 x 75 cm (40 11/16 x 28 3/8 x 29 1/2 in.); Museum purchase from Eleanor G. Hewitt Fund; 1992-112-1

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