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Armchair - Poltrona di Proust
  • Poltrona di Proust
    Alessandro Mendini, born 1931 - died 2019
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Poltrona di Proust

  • Object:

    Armchair

  • Place of origin:

    Milan (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1978 (made)
    1981

  • Artist/Maker:

    Alessandro Mendini, born 1931 - died 2019 (designer)
    Studio Alchymia

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand painted readymade

  • Museum number:

    W.9-2012

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The Proust chair is a postmodern bricolage by Alessandro Mendini. It takes the form of Baroque furniture and decoration from Pointillist painting with a title from literature. The hand-painted decoration was designed by projecting a slide of a Paul Signac painting on to the surface, and the dots were painted directly on to the furniture. It is a typically postmodern method of design, relying on appropriation in arranging existing forms, images and codes into new combinations.

Physical description

Painted readymade, wood and upholstery 18th century style armchair, decorated in Pointillist multicoloured squares.

Place of Origin

Milan (manufactured)

Date

1978 (made)
1981

Artist/maker

Alessandro Mendini, born 1931 - died 2019 (designer)
Studio Alchymia

Materials and Techniques

Hand painted readymade

Dimensions

Height: 109 cm

Descriptive line

'Poltrona di Proust' armchair by Alessandro Mendini for Studio Alchymia, designed in 1978, executed 1981, handpainted

Materials

Wood; Textile; Paint

Techniques

Upholstery; Carving; Painting

Categories

Furniture

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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