Antennae Chair (from Sculptured House, Genesee, CO)
Design Date early 1960s
Designer Charles Deaton (1921-1996, American)
Manufacturer Custom Art / Gordon McKeeta, Denver, CO
Media aluminum, plastic and cloth upholstery
Dimensions 42 x 17 x 18 inches
This chair is from the Sculptured House in Genesse, Colorado. Architect Charles Deaton designed the home and its furniture. He called himself a “sculptural architect”, using non-traditional shapes in his buildings, which are like habitable sculptures. “People aren’t angular,” he said. “So why should they live in rectangles?” This is one of 17 upholstered chairs produced in 1999 from Deaton’s original designs when his daughter, Charlee was commissioned to decorate the house. All of the furniture Deaton designed for this “clamshell” or “flying saucer” house has curved lines, like this chair. The one-piece base of the chair recalls the streamlined, circular base of Eero Saarinen’s Tulip chair, in which he eliminated the traditional four chair legs. Woody Allen’s 1973 movie Sleeper was filmed in the Sculptured House.
ON VIEW in Studio Exhibition Room 14
Credit Line Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art. Gift of John J. Huggins.
Accession Number 2002.0019