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Monday, November 10, 2014

Proust armchair by Alessandro Mendini | THE WEEKLY WANT


Just like the owners 19th century palace in Pszczyna, many artists today are inspired by baroque (and no wonder!). In 1978, during the peak of post-modern estethic, an Italian Alessandro Mendini designed an armchair named Poltrona di Proust. Like other post-modern era artists he belived that in art everything had happened already, and what one can do is reuse old patterns in new way. I am not quite fond of postmodern art but I surely appreciate  this armchair, its quite amusing.

In the project of the armchair he used the form of 17th century bergere.


bergere, XVII century
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The first version of the armchair was made of wood, upholstered and painted with hundreds of dots. The pattern was inspired by paintings of French Post-Impressionist, Paul Signac, Mendini's favorite painter. You can have a closer look at the dots here.

What's interesting, the armchair perfectly inscribes cube 100x100x100 cm.



Poltrona di Proust, alessandro mendini, postmodern art, armchair, postmodern furniture
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Poltrona di Proust, alessandro mendini, postmodern art, armchair, postmodern furniture


Great contemporary interior with Poltrona di Proust.


Poltrona di Proust, alessandro mendini, postmodern art, armchair, postmodern furniture



Second version of the upholstery - Poltrona di Proust Geometrica.




Poltrona di Proust, alessandro mendini, postmodern art, armchair, postmodern furniture
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Poltrona di Proust, alessandro mendini, postmodern art, armchair, postmodern furniture
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Poltrona di Proust, alessandro mendini, postmodern art, armchair, postmodern furniture
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Współcześnie, w 2011, fotel został raz jeszcze zaprojektowany przez Mendiniego - w nowym wykończeniu (polietylen)  i w nieco zmienionych) proporcjach. Nowy materiał sprawił, że fotel nadaje się do użytku zewnętrznego i w przestrzeniach publicznych, dostał też nową nazwę - Proust.


Poltrona di Proust, alessandro mendini, postmodern art, armchair, postmodern furniture
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Poltrona di Proust, alessandro mendini, postmodern art, armchair, postmodern furniture
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Where to buy it? For example here:

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