See more objects with the tag illusionistic, design, furniture, seating, diagonal lines, steel, diagonal, linear.

See more objects with the color darkslategrey or see all the colors for this object.

Object Timeline


  • Work on this object began.




  • You found it!

Thin Black Lines (21400 mm chair) Chair, 2010

This is a Chair. It was designed by nendo. It is dated 2010 and we acquired it in 2014. Its medium is bent and welded powder-coated steel rods. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Pared down to its basic components, this chair is a study in outline and form. The steel rods resemble sketched lines drawn in the air—simple graphic elements that create and define surface and volume. Like an optical illusion, the chair seems to change shape, depending on the viewer’s perspective.

This object was donated by nendo. It is credited Gift of nendo.

  • Object ID #18705521
  • bent chromed metal, glass.
  • Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund.
  • 2006-4-1

Our curators have highlighted 1 object that are related to this one.

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 77 × 52 × 60 cm (30 5/16 × 20 1/2 × 23 5/8 in.)

Cite this object as

Thin Black Lines (21400 mm chair) Chair, 2010; Designed by nendo (Japan); Japan; bent and welded powder-coated steel rods; H x W x D: 77 × 52 × 60 cm (30 5/16 × 20 1/2 × 23 5/8 in.); Gift of nendo; 2014-36-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Making Design: Recent Acquisitions.

This object may be subject to Copyright or other restrictions.

You are welcome to make fair use of this image under U.S. Copyright law and in compliance with our terms of use. Please note that you are responsible for determining whether your use is fair and for responding to any claims that may arise from your use.

For higher resolution or commercial use contact ArtResource.

If you would like to cite this object in a Wikipedia article please use the following template:

<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url= |title=Thin Black Lines (21400 mm chair) Chair, 2010 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=20 October 2019 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>