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George Mahoney

Chair design involves a lot of experimentation, often requiring construction of a succession of prototypes. Once it has been determined that the underlying concept is sound, the designer’s next instinct is to explore variations on the basic, hard-won idea. A chair can be produced in versions with and without arms, for example, or fashioned of different materials, finishes, and price ranges. The generously scaled lounge chairs of George Mahoney, a graduate of and teacher in the Minneapolis College of Art and Design’s furniture design program, demonstrate not only the design’s flexible support but also the flexibility of the designer’s mind. In his Metropolis and Moke chairs, Mahoney dispenses with conventional coil-springs and upholstery, and instead uses wide, springy slats of laminated birch or fiberglass and Kevlar wrapped in fabric to give a dynamically resilient form of support.

— From Glenn Gordon's essay, Sculpture Designed to be Used.

  • George Mahoney, Miles
    Miles, 2002. Bent birch plywood, painted mild steel frame, stainless steel, hardware. 32" H x 26" W x 32" D.
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    Miles
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    Miles