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Utilitas, Venustas, Firmitas

NYUAD Art Gallery | Reading Room
Thursday, April 25, 2019, 9:00 am – 10:15 am


  1. Attendance
  2. Congratulations ⇒ 30 chairs

Case Study Presentations

27Frank Gehri, Easy Lounge Chair, 2004 THU, 04-25-19 Anita
28Jean Nouvel, Riddle, 2006 THU, 04-25-19 Tarmo
29Norman Foster, 1006 Navi Chair, 2006 THU, 04-25-19 Elza
30Zaha Hadid, Kuki Chair, 2013 THU, 04-25-19 May

Discussion topics/potential questions

  1. The inspiration of architecture: What are the themes and methods in the work of the architects Frank Gehri, Jean Nouvel, Norman Foster and Zaha Hadid? What are relationships and similarities of the architects' buildings and chairs side by side? What is it that distinguishes a chair designed by an architect, rather than a furniture designer? Why would an architect design one? Is it possible to apply the creative solutions used for buildings to the design of furniture?
  2. What is it that makes architects design chairs?
  3. Over the semester we have looked at multiple chairs. We observed that chairs often can seen as important markers of stylistic and technological shifts. What does this mean for architects and designers today? ⇒ demonstrating credentials? at least one successful example…
  4. If chairs can be seen as signatures of architectural style, how would NYUAD's campus chair look like? (⇒ architect: Raphael Viñoly).
  5. It seems that some chairs are designed to work better in a group assemble. What are the factors for that?


  • Agata Toromanoff, Chairs by Architects, Thames & Hudson, London, 2016
  • Peter & Charlotte Fiell, Modern Chairs, Taschen, Köln, 2002
  • Peter & Charlotte Fiell, 1000 Chairs, Taschen, Köln, 2015
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