"Poltrona di Proust" Armchair
Painted carved wood, hand painted fabric.
Fabric upholstery hand-painted by Claudia Mendini. Custom made example in 1991 for Robert Wilson. Dated underneath. Designed in 1978. Combines forms of French baroque chairs with a pattern inspired by Paul Signac's pointillism. It is the first of the famous series of "re-designs".
Pier Carlo Bontempi, Giorgio Gregori, eds, Alchimia, Milan, 1985, p. 54
Guia Sambonet, ed., Alchimia, Turin, 1986, p. 12, fig 2, p. 35, fig. 45
Frans Haks, ed., Atelier Mendini: Alessandro e Francesco Mendini: Progetti dal 1989 al 1996, Milan, 1998, p. 40
Glenn Adamson, Jane Pavitt, eds, Postmodernism: Style and Subversion, 1970-1990, exh. cat., London, 2011, p. 41, cat. no. 41
Named after French novelist Marcel Proust (1871-1922). Literature: The Story of the Proust Chair,
Atelier Mendini. Provenance: Robert Wilson.