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American Decorative Arts
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Maker: Stephen Hogbin, Canadian, born England 1942




34 × 28 5/16 × 38 5/8 in. (86.4 × 71.91 × 98.11 cm)
Janet and Simeon Braguin Fund
In the early 1970s, Stephen Hogbin developed a conceptual approach to turning that was innovative. This chair is the most important result of those early experiments. The massive chair was made from a single laminated disk seven feet in diameter and one foot thick. Hogbin turned concentric grooves into the disk and then cut and reassembled it, yielding two of these chairs, a table, and two shelves. His “fragmentals” were a form of deconstruction far ahead of their time.
Made in United States
20th century

Stephen Hogbin has retained this chair since he made it in 1974.


Patricia E. Kane, Wood Turning in North America since 1930 (Philadelphia and New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2001), 48, 54, 55, no. 46, ill.

“Acquisitions 2003,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2004): 128–29, ill.

John Lavine, “The Purpose of the Object,” Woodwork (October 2007): 4, ill.

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