For three years there has been a very special, interactive exhibition of chairs at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. When the museum moves downtown in a few months, it’s unknown if these chairs will make the move so I urge you to visit the current location – a wonderful Brutalist building designed by Marcel Breuer – soon. Where can you find these chairs? In the restaurant, called Untitled, on the lower level. Welcoming you with its curved seat and back, the Gas Chair is the work of Jesús Gasca for Stua.
“One of the most unforgettable things happened to me in a shop in Pamplona,” says Gasca. “A blind man walked in and said, ‘I’ve come to look at some chairs.’ For two hours, he touched them on top, underneath, everywhere, and in the end he said, ‘This is the one that I like best.’ It was the Gas Chair. Because a blind man could see that it had the best finish.” Having fluid lines that are resolved at every curve and angle, with no sharp edges or corners, the Gas Chair is enjoyed worldwide from the ING Headquarters in Holland to the Nevada Museum of Art, the Valencia University in Spain to the inn at the Santo Estevo de Rivas de Sil monastery. And, of course, at the Whitney.
Museum admission is not required to dine at Untitled, but with Jeff Koons and fantastic architecture to see, treat yourself to the full experience.