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Creating the Contemporary Chair at NGV

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A free furniture exhibition currently on at the NGV international.

The collection on display range from the 1980s to 2016, showcasing chairs which where mass produced and studio designed chairs.

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One of my favourites is the "Fiona Blackfish 2015" suspended chair by Porky Hefer, South African, based in Cape Town. This swinging fish chair is located at the entrance of the exhibition.

"Fiona Blackfish" explores the designer's continuous fascination with human-size nest environments and suspended furniture works. The work resembles a killer whale with a stitched leather exterior including a tail, dorsal fin and flippers. The seat is furry, pink and tongue-shaped, and sits inside a mouth, surrounded by leather teeth. I was very tempted to try it out!

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"Creating the Contemporary Chair" is an exhibition for all ages and people who appreciate great furniture design. Not only are these pieces functional but works of art! Displaying the evolution of chair design, these objects have meaning, some are experimental whilst other show expression and utility.

The five narratives of the exhibition draw on Individualism, Idealism, Diffusion, Lineage and Invention.

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Tord Boontje, Jacopo Foggini, Konstantin Grcic, Porky Hefer, Ross Lovegrove, Patricia Urquiola and Oskar Zitea are amongst the Australian and International designers featuring their work in this exhibition.

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Chairs have been utilised across diverse cultures and part of the human culture designed for use as seats of power, discourse, commerce, rest and domesticity. Their intended purpose, linked with their long roots in tradition, encode chairs with great social and cultural meaning.

High recommend seeing this exhibition, supported by Gordon Moffatt AM, free entry till November 2017.
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Why? Showcasing provocative chair designs by some of the most interesting Australian and International designers.
When: Open 10am–5pm daily
Phone: 61 (0)3 8662 1555
Where: NGV International 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Cost: FREE
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