Scott Burton - Design Masters New York Tuesday, December 11, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Gift from the artist
    Private collection, Palm Springs, California
    Phillips de Pury & Company, New York, ‘Design/Design Art’, December 14, 2006, lot 252

  • Literature

    Richard Marshall, Developments in Recent Sculpture, exh. cat., Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1981, p. 35 for the smaller model
    Scott Burton Chairs, exh. cat., Fort Worth Art Museum, 1983, pp. 15, 44–45
    Denise Domergue, Artists Design Furniture, New York, 1984, p. 57
    Brenda Richardson, Scott Burton, exh. cat., The Baltimore Museum of Art, 1987, p. 8
    Jill Svetska, Scott Burton: Skulpturen/Sculptures 1980–89, exh. cat., Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, 1989, pp. 63, 82–83

  • Catalogue Essay

    Scott Burton’s ‘Steel Furniture’ series explores the idea of a single piece of material as autonomous structure. This idea began in the furniture designs of the 1920s and 1930s with pieces such as Gerrit Rietveld’s ‘Birza’ chair. Burton contextualizes this idea and makes it applicable to modern times by using modern industrial materials and processes. His ‘Steel Furniture’ designs are the expression of pure form and structure, utilizing elegant and relaxed lines juxtaposed with hard steel material to make simple yet visually arresting forms.



Prototype ‘Table for Four’ from the ‘Steel Furniture’ series

circa 1978
Oxidized and lacquered hot-rolled steel.
29 1/8 x 55 3/8 x 33 1/4 in (74 x 140.6 x 84.5 cm)
Prototype for a subsequent edition of 6.

$100,000 - 150,000 

Design Masters

11 December 2012
New York