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Embryo Chair Chair

This is a chair. It was designed by Marc Newson and manufactured by IDEE Japan. It is dated 1988 and we acquired it in 2016. Its medium is aluminum, neoprene, polyurethane foam. 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.

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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 Chair; Designed by Marc Newson (Australian, b. 1962); Manufactured by Idée (Japan); aluminum, neoprene, polyurethane foam; 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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