Lot 59
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Chris Ferebee

8,000 - 12,000 USD
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  • Chris Ferebee
  • Prototype "Hive" Shelving Unit
  • with artist's signature, numbered 9 and metal plaque
  • bent walnut, poplar plywood and aluminum


“2001 Design Review,” The International Design Magazine, August 2001, p. 132
Doug Ngo and Eric Pfeiffer, Bent Ply:  The Art of Plywood Furniture, New York, 2003, p. 151
William Weathersby, Jr., “Architect-Designed Furniture,” Architectural Record, March 2003, p. 214
Marcel Wanders, ed., International Design Yearbook, 2005, p. 295

Catalogue Note

Chris Ferebee has taken a conceptualized approach to functional forms in furniture design.  When the three “Hive” modular units are stacked, they achieve a complexity derived from its minimal aesthetic.  The result is a work with naturalistic intricacy and purity of fluid form without challenge by decoration.

Designed in 1999, the innovative modular “Hive” shelving unit was recognized with a Good Design Award from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design in 2000 and received a Design Distinction Award from International Design Magazine in 2001.  This protoype was made in a flawed attempt to mass-produce the "Hive," which did not meet the artist's requirements, and therefore only ten examples of this form were executed.  Later editions, entitled “Hive.H2,” are produced by Gubi International.