Marble Proust Chair by Alessandro Mendini
The triumphant return of the marble into interior caused a furore on the Design Week in Milan. Stone, usually associated with classical sculpture and architecture, successfully blended into modern fashion trends. A new chapter in the eventful history of Proust Chair began in Milan in the Ventura Lambrate zone, where the Solid Senses exhibition opened. Italian designers Alessandro Mendini, Stefano Boeri, Stefano Giovannoni and Paolo Julian came up with objects for Robot City, made of Carrara marble.
Proust Chair by Alessandro Mendini Reproduced in Marble
Proust Chair made of marble by Alessandro Mendini
Alessandro Mendini made his famous Proust chair in marble for the Italian Robot City. New vision is an attempt to create a “hyper-realistic thing with surreal effect”. The first version of the chair appeared in 1978, embodied the academic knowledge of the author with the historical context and understanding of the importance of beauty products. Marble version is one of the four chairs, created by different designers from a solid piece of white marble weighing 38.7 tons.
The classics of one of the most important designers in Italy looks a bit surreal due to choosing not the most conventional material. Besides it is not too comfortable to sit on it. But this time it was not a task of the partners, who actually brought the hieratic chair into the category of monuments.
The architect, art critic, historian and theorist of design invented the original armchair in 1978 for the Palazzo dei Diamanti in Ferrara. And it immediately became a symbol of post-modern Italian design.
Alessandro Mendini upholstered the classical baroque chair in cloth with the print, which he came up with being under the influence of the French pointillist Paul Signac’s painting. The designer also painted strokes and wooden carved frame in bright colors.
Proust Chair has become the epitome of academic views of the designer on the role of the historical context for contemporary design. Over time, the chair became the hallmark of Alessandro Mendini and his most recognizable object, so the designer repeatedly reproduced the chair in limited editions.