Alessandro Mendini, ‘'Poltrona di Proust' armchair’, 1985-1988, Phillips

Hand-painted by Francesco Migliaccio.

Phillips would like to Beatrice Felis from the Atelier Mendini for her assistance with the cataloguing of the present lot.

Albrecht Bangert, Italian Furniture Design: Ideas Styles Movements, Munich, 1988, pp. 63, 65, 116
Glenn Adamson and Jane Pavitt, eds., Postmodernism: Style and Subversion, 1970-1990, exh. cat., Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2011, p. 41

Christie's, Monaco, 'Arts Décoratifs du XXème Siècle', 25 June 1989, lot 42
Acquired from the above by the present owner

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