industry insider | May 17, 2018 |
Brad Ford creates 'a space for pause' using chairs

High-end wood mill The Hudson Company and curator-designer Brad Ford of makers craft fair Field + Supply have debuted “Sitting Still,” an exhibit that showcases “the art of the chair.” The materials are simple—just wood, metal and brass—but the range of work is diverse.

Sitting Still; photo by Nicolas Calcott
‘Sitting Still’ exhibition; photo by Nicolas Calcott; photo by Nicolas Calcott

Ford brings in works from his home, his showroom Fair, and his relationships with makers, among them George Nakashima, Finn Juhl, Jim Zivic, Fern, Michael Robbins, PP Mobler, Overgaard & Dyrman, Furniture Marolles, Coil + Drift, Sawkille, Regeneration, Weinberg Modern, Rayon Roskar, David Ebner, BDDW, Fort Standard, Egg Collective, Asher Israelow, O&G, and Materia Designs.

“As May has become a monthlong festival of design in New York, I wanted to create a space for pause and appreciation of great design. Partnering with The Hudson Company allowed us to create the feeling of quiet and quality that we were looking for,” says Ford.

Sitting Still; photo by Nicolas Calcott
‘Sitting Still’ exhibition; photo by Nicolas Calcott

All of the pieces were created by makers from the 1960s to the present, and are “united by an artful construction that evokes a natural feeling of calm and stillness,” say the exhibitors. Among those featured are Nakashima’s Mira chair and Grass Seat, Zivic’s Campaign Folding Chair, Fern’s Sawyer Dining Chair, Robbins’s Wickson Chair and Bridle Chair, PP Mobler’s PP 505 chair, and Furniture Marolles’s The Marolles Chair.

“Like Brad, we are driven by materiality and craft,” says Jamie Hammel, president, The Hudson Company. “We’re proud to show this thoughtful collection of chairs—allowing for a moment to reflect on timelessness in design—especially during such an active moment for the city.”

Sitting Still: A Field Study,” is on display at The Hudson Company, 5 East 20th Street, New York, and runs until May 24. It’s open Monday to Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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