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chair design exhibition
Henry Glass design

The Perfect Chair

The seven decade career of Henry P. Glass represented with a major retrospective of his design drawings. Also historical European and American designs from the Nineteenth and Twentieth centuries along with fantasy designs by contemporary Chicago architects.


The design for a chair has always been the truest test of an architect's skill. Human scale makes the chair a metaphor: architecture simplified to its most personal form. A chair can also embody the abstraction of a designer's innermost fantasies.

ArchiTech Gallery has assembled a collection of original chair design drawings and watercolors from the past 150 years: Victorian designs by England's Owen Jones; Prairie styles from Wright's cabinetmaker, George M. Niedecken; an extensive exhibition of modernist works from the career of Henry P. Glass, a Chicago legend still designing in the 21st Century. Within this historical context, ArchiTech presents dreamlike drawings by contemporary architects who envision the perfect chair as a wearable suit of clothes, playground equipment or the place where God would sit.

On Friday, February 16th, ArchiTech presents an exhibition and sale of this remarkable collection. The Perfect Chair will continue at ArchiTech through Saturday, April 21st.

For more information and Images: Link to Henry Glass biography page

chair design, drawing
Henry P. Glass
"Cricket" for Brown Jordan

watercolor on line print, 1977
11 x 9 in.
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the "Glass" lounger designed by Henry P Glass
Henry P. Glass
Convertible Deck Chair
Pen and Watercolor, 1941
12 x 10 in.

Henry P. Glass , Lounge Chair
Henry P. Glass
Glass Lounger

Pencil on tracing paper, 1957
11 x 14 in.

 

19th century French chair
Leonid Osseny
Chair From The Collection of Joe Favere
Watercolor on paper, 1992
26 x 30 in.

 
New City review of The Perfect Chair.
*also available in public document format (.pdf)
Chicago Tribune review of The Perfect Chair.
*also available in public document format (.pdf)
UR Chicago Review of The Perfect Chair.
*also available in public document format (.pdf)

David Jameson
ArchiTech Gallery
730 North Franklin suite 200
Chicago, IL 60654
312-475-1290
ArchiTechGallery@earthlink.net

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