Upcoming Exhibition

Conversation Pieces

Contemporary Furniture in Dialogue

August 20, 2022–June 25, 2023

Floor 6

Entry to this exhibition is included with general admission.

From a felted chair resembling mushrooms to a rocking chair made from 3-D printed recycled plastic, Conversation Pieces features 45 works of furniture that prioritize meaning and material choice over function and practicality. The exhibition is organized by Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher, SFMOMA’s Helen Hilton Raiser Curator of Architecture and Design, and Alexandra Loew, a Los Angeles-based interior architect, into fluid and meandering categories that feel conversational rather than authoritative. With plush seating for visitors and intimate, moody lighting, the gallery fosters an immersive atmosphere that invites visitors into the unfolding conversation.

Interspersed throughout, interviews with six designers, including Jay Sae Jung Oh and Fernando Laposse, speak to issues designers face today. In the spirit of dialogue, you are invited to join ongoing in-person and online conversations that draw connections between these collection works that touch upon sustainability, identity, and history.


Exhibition Preview

Nathalie du Pasquier, Royal chaise, 1983; gift of Miranda Leonard, © Nathalie du Pasquier; photo: Katherine Du Tiel
Woody De Othello, Prying Through, 2021; Purchase through a gift of the FOG Designers Forum, © Woody De Othello, Courtesy of the artist and Jessica Silverman, San Francisco. Photo Credit: Phillip Maisel
Bijoy Jain, Studio Mumbai, Brick Study III bench, 2016; Accessions Committee Fund purchase, © Bijoy Jain, Photo: Katherine Du Tiel
Jay Sae Jung Oh, Savage series armchair, 2020; Accessions Committee Fund purchase, © Jay Sae Jung Oh, Photo: Amanda Ringstad
Dozie Kanu, Slessor 2.0, 2021; Accessions Committee Fund purchase, by exchange, through a gift of Michael D. Abrams, © Dozie Kanu, Photo: Katherine Du Tiel
Germane Barnes, Uneasy Lies the Head that Wears the Crown (4), 2020; Accessions Committee Fund purchase, by exchange, through a gift of Michael D. Abrams, © Germane Barnes
Dan Friedman, Paul Ludick, Mutant chair, 1985; Gift of Rebecca and Michael Friedman in memory of their uncle, Dan Friedman, © Estate of Dan Friedman, Photo: Katherine Du Tiel
Katie Stout, Unique Girl Lamp, 2017; Purchase through a gift of the FOG Designers Forum, © Katie Stout, Photo: Katherine Du Tiel
Thomas Barger, Butter Chair 2, 2017; Accessions Committee Fund purchase, © Thomas Barger

Generous support of Conversation Pieces: Contemporary Furniture in Dialogue is provided by Diana Nelson and John Atwater.

Additional support is provided by The Sanger Family Architecture and Design Exhibition Fund and the Diane and Howard Zack Fund for Architecture and Design.