"In 1981, with Alchimia, I designed the installation Robot sentimentale for MIM, which was held in the Milan showroom. On that occasion three chairs were custom made." Alessandro Mendini, The Story of the Proust Chair, 2001
Robot Sentimentale, was a performance based exhibition designed by Mendini and Studio Alchymia and held at the showrooms of Italian furniture company, MIM. The exhibition examined the challenges presented by the changing nature of the office environment and MIM's response through the launch of the Eulero System, a range of transparent furniture suited to open plan landscapes and advanced technological needs. The earliest chairs (perhaps four or five) were painted by Prospero Rasulo and Pier Antonio Volpini. Jesus Moctezuma painted the subsequent editions, including the present lot, and the later models were decorated by Claudia Mendini, the designer's daughter. A second chair from the same commission was sold in these rooms, lot 235, Contemporary 2, 19th October 2011.