Frond Chair

The Frond Chair is an organic skeletal-shaped cast bronze chair designed by Terence Main in 1991.


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A Skeletal Structure of Contrasting Areas

Terence Main’s side chair evokes the skeletal structure common to plants and animals, the shape of its seat and back suggesting both leaf forms and rib cages. Every surface of the original chair – even the underside of its seat – had been carved before it was cast in bronze. The design was further accentuated through contrasting areas of polished and patinated bronze.

Front view of the Frond Chair.
Front view of the Frond Chair.

Recalling Ancient Beings

The Frond Chair is probably the most famous piece of furniture designed by Terence Main. It perfectly represents Main’s ideas on design and the breaking of its boundaries. The chair’s biomorphic form recalls the fossilized remains of ancient creatures and vegetation. The sinuous shapes of the design render the placing of the chair in the natural order of things particularly ambiguous.

Detail of the Terence Main's masterpiece.
Detail of the Terence Main’s masterpiece.

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A Gift to the Museum of Modern Art

The Frond Chair has been exhibited during several events at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the latter being in 2012 for the “Highlights from the Modern Design Collection: 1900 – Present, Part II”. The chair was originally gifted to the museum by Loretta Michaelcheck in 1991.

A set of Main's designs, including the Frond Chair.
A set of Main’s designs, including the Frond Chair.

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Data Sheet

  • Designer: Terence Main;
  • Year of design: 1991;
  • Material: cast bronze;
  • Dimensions: 86.4 x 49.5 x 53.3 cm;
  • Classification: furniture;
  • Credit Line: gift of Loretta Michaelcheck.


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