Alessandro Mendini for Studio Alchymia Poltrona di Proust designed in 1978 and executed 1981  hand painted Eighteenth Century style armchair  Height: 109 cm.                42 15/16 in.
Lot 102AR
Alessandro Mendini for Studio Alchymia
Poltrona di Proust
designed in 1978 and executed 1981

hand painted Eighteenth Century style armchair

Height: 109 cm.
42 15/16 in.
Sold for £46,850 (US$ 75,873) inc. premium

Lot Details
Alessandro Mendini for Studio Alchymia Poltrona di Proust designed in 1978 and executed 1981  hand painted Eighteenth Century style armchair  Height: 109 cm.                42 15/16 in. Alessandro Mendini for Studio Alchymia Poltrona di Proust designed in 1978 and executed 1981  hand painted Eighteenth Century style armchair  Height: 109 cm.                42 15/16 in. Alessandro Mendini for Studio Alchymia Poltrona di Proust designed in 1978 and executed 1981  hand painted Eighteenth Century style armchair  Height: 109 cm.                42 15/16 in.
Alessandro Mendini for Studio Alchymia
Poltrona di Proust
designed in 1978 and executed 1981

hand painted Eighteenth Century style armchair

Height: 109 cm.
42 15/16 in.

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Acquired directly from Alessandro Mendini in 1981

    Exhibited
    Milan, MIM Design Showroom, Robot Sentimentale, 1981
    Rome, MIM Design Showroom, Robot Sentimentale, 1983

    "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.
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