A couple of days ago we wrote a piece on how bold furniture can add to your interior. One piece, in particular, stood out and we thought that the colourful and cheerful Proust Armchair by Alessandro Mendini was just the thing to brighten things up before the weekend kicks off.
Rightfully regarded as one of the doyens of design in the postmodern milieu, Mendini, inspired by dots, decided to use pointillism to decorate a furniture piece. Alright, in all fairness, it is a tad more complicated than this – pioneer artists Georges Seurat, Paul Signac and even literary colossus, Marcel Proust all fit into the narrative that led to the design and, in one form or another, served as muses. It seems as if the world took Mendini’s, ahem, point. The 1978 armchair went on to become one of the most iconic chairs of all time. Since the original’s inception, various renditions, including the Proust Geometrica, has seen the light – some even carved from solid marble or cast in pure plastic.
Whichever version you prefer, the fact remains that this is a work of art and a true design classic. Have a below look at how these chairs are decorated by hand in the Cappellini workshop: