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Poltrona di Proust

Armchair
1978 (made), 1981 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Hand painted readymade
Brief Description
'Poltrona di Proust' armchair by Alessandro Mendini for Studio Alchymia, designed in 1978, executed 1981, handpainted
Physical Description
Painted readymade, wood and upholstery 18th century style armchair, decorated in Pointillist multicoloured squares.
Dimensions
  • Height: 109cm (Note: Taken from Bonham's auction catalogue)
Style
Production typeUnique
Summary
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.
Collection
Accession Number
W.9-2012

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record createdMay 25, 2012
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