Poltrona Proust - 1978
fabric version by Cappellini
plastic version for outdoors by Magis
The result of this great work by Alessandro Mendini, an Italian worldwide famous architect, artist and designer, originates from a strong and incisive statement: “everything has already been invented and what remains to be done is just a reinterpretation of pre-existing objects, adding decorative or structural elements that modify the dynamics of the original."
The idea was born during a voyage in Veneto, when Mendini came across an eighteenth-century style armchair which gave him the artistic illumination, and in 1978, the first example was created.
As well as the reference to its history, the greatest feature of this armchair is the use of polychrome dots
, which invade the entire armchair from the fabrics to the wooden structure, thus giving it a sensation of fluffiness. The production was limited to few pieces, all rigorously created by artisan hands
and controlled by Mendini, in all their curves and shapes
Currently, Mendini's granddaughter is in charge of painting by hand the individual armchairs while "Cappellini" is in charge for large retailers production since 1993. They have produced it by implementing a change to the upholstery fabrics only without changing the wooden structure. "Magis" has instead created an outdoor version in plastic material.
Since then, the history of this armchair has been studded with so many successes that it entered in the MoMA