Fresh Fat Chair

Fresh Fat Chair

2004
Designer
Tom Dixon, British, 1959-
Born: Tunisia
Work Locations: London, England
Country
England
chair
Extruded PETG plastic
Funds from Design Council of the Denver Art Museum
2011.429
Tom Dixon (British). Fresh Fat Chair. 2004. Extruded PETG plastic. Funds from Design Council of the Denver Art Museum. 2011.429.
Dimensions
height: 29 in, 73.6600 cm; width: 22 in, 55.8800 cm; depth: 24 in, 60.9600 cm
Department
Architecture and Design
Collection
Architecture and Design

Tom Dixon
British, born Tunisia, 1959
Fresh Fat Chair
2004
Extruded PETG plastic 
Manufactured by Tom Dixon, UK
Funds contributed by Design Council of the Denver Art Museum, 2011.429

The Fresh Fat chair challenges the common notion that plastic is an unrefined material meant only for mass-produced goods. The process of manufacturing plastic furniture typically involves injecting the material into a mold, but for this chair, Dixon chose to hand-direct the machine-extruded string of plastic directly from the nozzle rather like icing a cake. This process requires impressive speed and accuracy, as the plastic has to remain molten while being worked. The result is an intricately handcrafted, three-dimensional scribble. 

Known Provenance
Purchased 2011 from (Studio Como), Denver by the Denver Art Museum.
Exhibition History
  • "What Is Modern?" — Denver Art Museum, 6/21/2012 - 3/24/2013