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SPLITS Bench

Decorative Arts and Design
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SPLITS Bench

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Johanna Grawunder (American, born 1961), designer
BBW&L, Italian, established 2010, manufacturer

Date

2007

Medium

Black lacquer, polished stainless steel, and LED lights

Accession #

2010.306 a-b

Dimensions

Overall: 78 3/4 x 41 5/16 x 17 11/16 inches

Location

Currently Not on View

Description

American Johanna Grawunder’s striking designs stage lively conversations on color, reflection, and uncomplicated forms. Grawunder often collaborated with post-modern Italian design legend and mentor Ettore Sottsass; true to Sottsass’s whimsical, colorful influence, one must view the cubic rectangles of SPLITS Bench from different angles to appreciate the movement of light and the ever-changing, playful reflections. By using LEDs, Grawunder shows that high-end design can also be energy efficient.

Credit

Purchase with funds from the Friends of the Decorative Arts and the Decorative Arts Acquisition Endowment