Marc Newson

Bucky Chair Installation
Bucky Chair Installation
Bucky Chair Installation
Bucky Chair Installation
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Bucky Chair Installation

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Invited by Hervé Chandès to create an installation at the Fondation Cartier in Paris, Marc designed a self-supporting geodesic dome titled ‘Bucky’, measuring about 6.5 meters in diameter. The dome was constructed from individual triangular chair-like units, each one in a different colour (blue, yellow, red, green and orange).

The chair itself was made by inserting a triangular frame into a two-piece mould and injecting polyurethane foam into it. To colour the chairs without having to upholster them (which Marc did not want as it would have made them look too much like pieces of furniture) he revisited the electrostatic flocking technique he’d used on the orgone-shaped foam bricks for the soundproofing walls of the Syn recording studio in Tokyo. The texture of the flock provided the colour depth and intensity for which Marc was looking.

“I called it Bucky after the newly-discovered carbon molecule, the Buckminsterfullerene, which in turn got is name from the way the arrangements of atoms resembled the structures of Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic domes.”

Marc Newson Edition of 60 chairs (unnumbered).


Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain





Key materials

Polyurethane foam