(b. United States, 1918-2002)
Portrait Chair (Profile Chair), 2000
Wenge, walnut, and stainless steel
Gift of the artist
Tuttle often drew inspiration from nature for his furniture designs. Here, the chair’s wooden seat and back allude to the characteristic form of a tulip petal, whereas two shorter flat metal pieces emerge from the long, swooping steel element like tree branches. Tuttle reduced the design of this chair to its minimal elements. The gentle curves of the back and seat are designed to comfortably receive the body, and the angle of the swooping steel invites a relaxed posture. The warmth of the walnut contrasts with the cool, chromed steel.