Rijksmuseum acquires 'Bone Chair'

30th August 2011, Comments 0 comments

Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum has acquired a prototype of the 2006 'Bone Chair' by Dutch designer Joris Laarman.

According to the museum, the chair has become world famous in just a few years. The iconic Bone Chair was inspired by the way in which bones grow. For his design, Joris Laarman used software developed by German Biomechanics Professor Claus Mattheck in collaboration with car manufacturer Opel. The software mimics the growth structure of human bones and was developed to enable the creation of lighter and stronger car parts.      Only 12 copies of the chair were ever manufactured. The Bone Chair was commissioned by Droog Design and New York art gallery Friedman Benda. All 12 found their way to museums and major design collections.        The chair’s paper prototype is a gift by Droog Design and Joris Laarman. The Bone Chair will be on display in the Rijksmuseum from 30 August to 26 September. As the museum’s most modern acquisition, the Bone Chair will, for the time being, be the closing piece in a chronological display to be exhibited from the museum’s scheduled re-opening in 2013.

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