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Little Chair

"A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous"
— Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Little Chair

The chair is of extreme antiquity, but for may centuries was an article of state and dignity and for the privileged. It was not until the 16th century and the Renaissance that the chair became common as a functional object for general use and it soon reflected the fashions of the hour.

The majority of chairs were made of timber without cushioning, and when it became a custom to upholster them, leather, then velvet and silk were employed.

A child's chair indicates status as it physically occupies space and stresses the child's social importance. While all furniture in the private home was originally made for the upper classes, many beautiful child's chairs have been constructed by loving hands for children all over the world. A collection of these primitive rural, WPA, and Northern New Mexican chairs hangs in the living room of the XIT Ranch headquarters and inspired the work in this form.

The current chair collection incorporates picture tiles, colored broken glass, ceramic pieces, tooled leather, African wedding beads, and mirrors. The themes are Hero Celluloid Cowboys, Celebrity-family-Victorian Pug o'My Heart, Born in Kansas: People and Places, Francophile, Beautiful Women of Art, Famous First African-Americans, and Frida with an artist series to come incorporating stamped metalwork, studs, and jewelry to mix it up a bit.

"Well, I never studied design and I went to art school to study art, you know, sculpture and things like that, and ended up making things like sculpture and started making chairs and jewelry together and that's how I started."
— Marc Newsom, industrial designer incorporating biomorphism into aircraft, product, furniture, jewelry and clothing. In 2007, he completed the cabin design for the 'Sky Jet', an airline/rocketship planning to take passengers into space from 2012.