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Embryo Chair, ca. 1988

This is a chair. It is dated ca. 1988 and we acquired it in 2016. Its medium is polished aluminum, molded polyurethane foam covered in neoprene. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

The amorphic shape of Newson's Embryo chair is a postmodern rendition of the natural forms and shapes used by designers during the mid-20th century. Newson's futuristic vision of design has no boundaries, as he has designed everything from chairs to aircraft interiors to backpacks.

This object was donated by George R. Kravis II. It is credited Gift of George R. Kravis II.

  • Up 1 Chair, 1969
  • molded polyurethane foam, stretch fabric upholstery.
  • Gift of the Estate of Frederick N. Babbish.
  • 1991-94-5
  • Spine Chair, 1986
  • steel.
  • Museum purchase from Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Fund.
  • 1992-36-1

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 88.3 × 78.1 × 83.8 cm (34 3/4 in. × 30 3/4 in. × 33 in.)

Cite this object as

Embryo Chair, ca. 1988; polished aluminum, molded polyurethane foam covered in neoprene; H x W x D: 88.3 × 78.1 × 83.8 cm (34 3/4 in. × 30 3/4 in. × 33 in.); Gift of George R. Kravis II; 2016-5-12

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Energizing the Everyday: Gifts From the George R. Kravis II Collection.

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