Drawing, Design for Unidentified Object in Robot Form
Likely a design for furniture or sculpture, this drawing
reflects Dan Friedman’s resistance to the purist,
modernist idea that form must follow function. Influenced
by his involvement in a European-based philosophical
dialogue about furniture since the 1970s, he coined
the term “mental furniture” to describe forms in which
symbolic meanings beyond the functional are possible.
Suggesting both the technological and the human, this
design reveals the interplay between pragmatism and
fantasy that occupied Friedman throughout his career.
This object was donated by Ken Friedman.
Cite this object as
Drawing, Design for Unidentified Object in Robot Form; Designed by Dan Friedman (American, 1945–1995); graphite, red crayon on white paper; 1997-19-343