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Gary Knox Bennett chairs

Garry Knox Bennett: Call Me Chairmaker

June 6 through August 16, 2009

Garry Knox Bennett: Call Me Chairmaker features 52 one-of-a-kind sculptural chairs created by Garry Knox Bennett, one of the foremost contemporary studio furniture makers in America. Inspired by well-known furniture designers and architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, George Nakashima, and Gerrit Rietveld, Bennett's wit and imagination comes to life with such chairs as the "Great Granny Rietveld" and "Wiggle Wright." By using bold new forms and constantly expanding traditional boundaries, Bennett makes furniture a form of art.


(Top left) Garry Knox Bennett, New Ladderback #1, 2003.
41 3/4 x 14 5/8 x 22 in.
Maple, Douglas fir, nickel-plated brass, GKB-fabricated ladder.

(Top center) Garry Knox Bennett, Chas Rietveld, 2003.
54 1/2 x 15 x 17 1/8 in. Enameled wood, paint, nickel-plated brass.

(Top right) Garry Knox Bennett, Chinese Platform Chair #5: Late Oaktown Dynasty; 1934–_____, 2005.
39 x 22 x 26 in. Lacquered wood, PVC, 23K & 24 K gold leaf, velvet upholstery.

(Right) Garry Knox Bennett, Thonet, 2004.
34 1/2 x 25 x 17 in.
Chair, fiberglass, enamel paint, hand-caned seat.

Photos: M. Lee Fatherree

Garry Knox Bennett, Thonet, 2004