“Meanwhile, Norman Kelley’s “Young Americans” series—two pieces evocative of historical styles, Federal and Chippendale—recalls a time when furniture was made to be pushed up against the wall. The anachronism of these styles forms a smokescreen of respectability that nearly conceals each object’s sly subversion. The first appears to be a roll-top desk that, when opened, outs itself as an armchair. The second is an abnormally tall mahogany table whose high-gloss top tilts to become vertical, refashioning the piece as a standing mirror. Surprise is the reward of these strange and wonderful things, and it proves time and again that the effort of design is not for nothing.”


Phillip Denny, “This Architect-Designed Furniture Is More Conceptual Than Conventional,” Metropolis, February 8, 2018.