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Noah Armchair: M.15-1996

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 11 (20th Century)


Noah Armchair


Designer: Coates, Nigel




Chair with seat and back rest of sand blasted ash, the frame and three legs of blackened steel.

Sand-blasted ash seat with blackened steel frame. The seat is of ogee shape with projections on each side of the front, and a slight ridge in the centre. It is supported on three tubular legs linked by an A-shaped stretcher. The two front legs have pointed, outward curving terminations; the back leg continues upwards through a hole in the seat to sjupport the curved back rest. This curves downwards, and passes under the side projections of the seat, and over the top of the front legs, and is secured on top of the seat by a nut and bolt


History note: Purchased by Peter Dormer, 1994

Legal notes

Given by the Contemporary Art Society

Measurements and weight

Depth: 60 cm
Height: 72 cm
Width: 67 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1996) by Contemporary Art Society


20th Century
Production date: AD 1988 : The Noah furniture range was launched at the Milan Furniture Fair in 1988.


The Noah furniture family was designed for the Branson Coates' Noah's Ark building in Sapporo, Japan, with a restaurant and bar designed to resemble the Ark.

Components of the work

Frame composed of steel ( blackened)
Back composed of ash (wood) ( sand-blasted)
Seat composed of ash (wood) ( sand-blasted)

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Nigel Coates/London
  • Location: Under seat
  • Method of creation: Burnt in
  • Type: Maker's mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.15-1996
Primary reference Number: 77215
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 27 November 2019 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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