Meltdown Chair: PP Tube #1

Meltdown Chair: PP Tube #1

2008
Designer
Tom Price, British, 1973-
Born: London, England
Work Locations: England
Country
England
chair
Polypropylene
Funds from Design Council of the Denver Art Museum
2011.440

Tom Price (British, born 1973), Meltdown Chair: PP Tube #1, 2008. Polypropylene. Funds from Design Council of the Denver Art Museum, 2011.440.

Dimensions
height: 41 in, 104.1400 cm; width: 92 in, 233.6800 cm; depth: 55 in, 139.7000 cm
Edition
11/12
Inscription
Molded, back near bottom: TOM PRICE 11
Department
Architecture and Design
Collection
Architecture and Design

Tom Price
British, born 1973
Meltdown Chair: PP Tube #1
2008
Polypropylene
Funds from Design Council of the Denver Art Museum, 2011.440

In his Meltdown chairs, including PP Tube #1, British designer Tom Price embeds the shape of an Eames armchair — emblematic of post-World War II mass-produced modern American furniture — into a heap of plastics typically used for everyday functions. In this particular example, Price presses a stack of common plumbing tubes into a heated seat-shaped former. The ends of the tubes melt and fuse together as they come into contact with the heated former leaving a pattern of irregular holes on the surface of the molded seat. The Meltdown chairs by Price suggest a critical perspective on the progress and regress brought about by mass-produced objects and an object-obsessed era. 

Known Provenance
Purchased 2011 from (Industry Gallery), Washington, DC by the Denver Art Museum.
Exhibition History
  • "Unseated: Contemporary Chairs Reimagined"—Denver Art Museum, 5/1/2016 - 11/12/2017