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Designed by Arthur Erickson in 1974, the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver is universally recognized as one of the great classics of contemporary Canadian architecture.
In 2009 the Museum commissioned the Design Architect for the MOA Renewal Project to produce a ‘signature' chair as an integral part of the new developments at the Museum.
The seminal idea for the MOA Chair is the traditional bentwood box made by the First Nations of the Northwest coast. The geometries and joinery of that form are the starting point. The design was then developed in fir plywood, a material used in contemporary furniture construction and elsewhere in the Museum expansion. The planar geometries of the box have been softened into a sinuous, gestural line - to comfortably receive and support the body and, in turn, to reflect the contours of the female form.
The chair is used for casual seating throughout the Museum galleries and for the stage seating in the theatre. It is being produced in a signed and numbered first edition of 99, coming with a fitted cotton dust cover and a certificate of authentication. It is available on order at the Museum of Anthropology shop, in the standard colours of natural fir, silver and dark brown, or in a custom colour on request.
Designed by Noel Best, Stantec Architecture Ltd
for the Museum of Anthropology, 2009.
Manufactured by Intempo Interiors Inc, Vancouver.