Christopher Stuart



Christopher Stuart is an American artist and designer. His critically acclaimed work - part sculpture, part furniture - is singular in its dramatic expression of minimalism, and bound by an ever curious conceptual rigor. Stuart’s deceptively refined pieces - elegant, spare and striking - play on contradictions: between form and function, extravagance and restraint, design and art.
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Originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, Stuart began his career as a welder. At first, art was a side pursuit; he taught himself graphic design, then eventually found work as a prototype maker for an industrial design firm, where he quickly worked his way up the ladder.

Constructs & Glitches, a range of limited edition and one-of-a-kind sculptural furniture, was his first comprehensive collection as an artist. Regarding its genesis, Stuart said: “I ask myself: what exactly is a function? And shouldn’t furniture meet our emotional needs as well?” These ideas are brought into sharp focus in his Chamfer Table 2 in Aluminum, and the Zig Zag bench - pieces that subvert our expectations for the role they can play in our lives.

Stuart graduated from the Herron School of Art and Design in 2012 with a BFA in Furniture Design. In 2014, he was recognized by Sight Unseen Offsite and was listed on the American Design Hot List. Stuart made his Design Miami debut in 2016 with his Glitch series, and showed again in 2017.  That same year, Glitch 1 was acquired by the Indianapolis Museum of Art acquired. Later in 2017, he launched the ‘Drape Series’ as part of the USA pavilion at the London Design Fair.
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Commissions

EXHIBITIONS

THE PRESENT TENSE

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Education

2012  BFA – Furniture Design, Herron School of Art & Design, Indianapolis, IN

Exhibitions

2020  “Reflets 2020” – Triode Gallery, Paris Design Week 2020, Paris, France

2019  “Turn Me On… Now!” – Side Gallery, Barcelona, Spain

2019  “The Chair Show” – The Future Perfect, New York, NY

2018  “Design Miami” – The Future Perfect, Miami, FL

2018  “Design Miami/Basel” – The Future Perfect, Basel, Switzerland

2017  “Design Miami” – The Future Perfect, Miami, FL

2017  “Assembly” – US Pavilion, London Design Fair, London, UK

2017  “Fall Survey” – The Future Perfect, New York, NY

2017  “The Immaculate Object” – The Future Perfect, New York, NY

2016  “Design Miami” – The Future Perfect, Miami, FL

2016  “Wallpaper* Handmade and Cadillac: Redefining Standards” – Miami, FL

2016  “Constructs and Glitches” – The Future Perfect, New York, NY

2015  “Offsite” – Sight Unseen, New York, NY

2015  Supply and Demand, Indianapolis, IN

2013  [un]conventional, Columbus, IN

2011  Re:Design, Summit, NJ

Permanent Collections

2017  “Glitch 1” – Contemporary Design Gallery, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN

2016  “SCS Bench” – Cadillac House, New York, NY

Honors

2017  Wallpaper Design Award, Best Henge for Glitch 2 Desk

2016  Sight Unseen American Design Hot List

Publications

2014  DIY Furniture 2, Laurence King Publishing

2011  DIY Furniture 1, Laurence King Publishing