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musée des Arts décoratifs
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Proust armchair from Alessandro Mendini, 1979<br/> &copy;  madd Bordeaux - Lysiane Gauthier
Proust armchair from Alessandro Mendini, 1979
© madd Bordeaux - Lysiane Gauthier
object n°28

Proust armchair from Alessandro Mendini


The Italian architect Alessandro Mendini uses the process of the ‘’re-design’’ to give a new identity to objects stemming from themass production. For the Proust armchair (1979). The thought was to develop an image of a surface and the shape of an object, starting from a literary point of view, after having read about and researched Proust’s visual and material world. Mendini found an appropriate ready-made in the replica of an eighteenth century armchair, and chose a detail from a Signac painting for the pattern that covers the whole armchair, from its fabric to the wooden parts. Besides the idea of obtaining a piece of design based on imput that is unusual in a normal design process, he also wanted to reach a different type of result, to make a culturally grounded object based on a false one, seeing that the redesign in this case has been performed on a piece of kitsch, a fake-antique armchair that is still being -poduced today. The armchair Proust Geometrica ( 2001 ) is a new version of the Proust armchair created in 1979.

object n°28 (pdf)

previous objects of the month

object n°46
Purchase by City of Bordeaux, 1971, inv. 71.4.1
object n°42
object n°40
Circa 1745
object n°37
Circa 1735
object n°33
The second half of the XVIIIth century
object n°32
Produced between 1948 and 1960
object n°30
The first half of the XXth century
object n°29
Last quarter of the XVIIIth century