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"Proust" Armchair

Designed by Alessandro Mendini, Italian, 1931 - 2019. Made by Atelier Mendini, Milan, Italy, 1989 - present.

Made in Milan, Italy, Europe

Designed 1978; made 1998-1999

Painted wood, painted upholstery

42 1/2 x 40 x 40 inches (108 x 101.6 x 101.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift (by exchange) of Mrs. Adolph G. Rosengarten, 2000

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Alessandro Mendini was a member of Studio Alchimia (founded 1976), a group of experimental Italian designers who rejected the strict principles of modernism, and embraced ornament, symbolism and craftsmanship. For the "Proust" armchair Mendini selected a ready-made Rococo revival chair and had it hand-painted with Pointillist brushstrokes derived from a painting by nineteenth-century French painter Paul Signac. The pattern consumes the generous, scrolling form of the chair, covering both the upholstery and the carved woodwork.