Alessandro Mendini, ‘Lassu´’, Designed in 1974 -Limited Edition produced in 1996, The Modern Archive

Original brochure stated: "Lassu´ (which means (being) "up there", (going) "up there") is one of the "objects for spiritual use" which Alessandro Mendini presented in the periodical Domus when calling for a "guerrilla war" on the inhospitable world of functionalism. The archetypal chair rests on a slanted pyramid, which makes it difficult to sit down on. But once you are sitting on it, you get a new and different view of things. As a happening the chair was placed in the middle of an open field, doused with gasoline and set on fire. The fire not only symbolized the act of liberation, but also the transitory nature of the object and its message."

Series: Limited Edition series includes 4 works (Little Beaver by Frank Gehry, Big Easy by Ron Arad, Poltrona di Proust, and Lassu´ by Alessandro Mendini)

Image rights: The Modern Archive

Manufacturer: Vitra Design Museum

About Alessandro Mendini

Few people have been as instrumental in promoting avant-garde Italian design as Alessandro Mendini. The architect, designer, journalist, poet, and educator is best known for his holistic postmodern approach, freely combining elements from various cultures and time periods, while mixing the highbrow with kitsch. His acclaimed projects include the multicolored masterpiece that is the Groninger Museum and his iconic Proust chair, a 20th-century update to a Neo-Baroque French armchair, which he covered in a hand-painted fabric of Pointillist dots inspired by a painting by Paul Signac. (In 2014, he recreated the chair in marble). In 1979, Mendini teamed up with his fellow maestri Ettore Sottsass and Michele De Lucchi to create Studio Alchimia; three years later, he co-founded the influential Domus Academy.

Italian, b. 1931, Milan, Italy, based in Milan, Italy