Since their launch in 2008 during the Salone del Mobile in Milan, the 50 unique Egg chairs created by Danish artist Tal R in honour of the Egg chair's 50th anniversary, have been on a world tour.
They have visited galleries and concept stores in Seoul, Sydney, Melbourne, Tokyo, Paris, Helsinki, Oslo, Copenhagen and will now visit the USA for the first time, where they will be exhibited at ABC Home & Carpet in New York from 12th May 2010.
The colourful patchwork Egg chair designs are a combination of materials collected from around the world. Some of the fascinating locations include Istanbul, Berlin and New York as well as second hand shops in Denmark and washed out work clothes from a kibbutz in Israel.
"The whole point was to make a chair that tells a multitude of stories. So the pieces of cloth had to be full of life. It should look a bit as if it was homemade." Explains Tal.
Inspired by the word 'Egg', its shape and references to fertility combined with Tal R’s fascination with the Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist Sigmund Freud, the classic chair has been completely transformed.
Tal R has chosen to name the 50 unique chairs with inspiration from the writings of Sigmund Freud as the Egg is also a symbol of the forces of reproduction and the ability to create new life. Martha (Freud’s wife), Irma (Freud's 'classic' early dream analysis) and Adler (a close friend, medical doctor and psychologist to Freud) are just some of the names selected by Tal R.
"Fritz Hansen wanted to mark the 50th anniversary of this classical design with something special. We wanted to take a respectful yet unconventional approach which Tal R has achieved. It is the perfect tribute." Say’s David Rosenkvist, Vice President of Branding and Communication at Fritz Hansen.
Born in Tel Aviv and raised in Copenhagen Denmark Tal R graduated from the Royal Danish academy of Arts and is now a professor at the Dusseldorf Academy of Arts. Tal R has held solo exhibitions in New York, Dublin, Berlin and London. His works are enjoyed by the likes of the Danish Royal family who have commissioned Tal R to decorate their winter home, Amalienborg Palace in Denmark.
The exhibition at ABC Home & Carpet located on 888 Broadway, 2nd Floor will be on display until 31st May.