Made for the Italian marble company's Solid Spaces show, the new iteration of the Proust chair is an attempt to create an object with a "hyper-realist" appearance by using marble to create an "almost surreal" effect, said Robot City.
Originally created in 1978, the Poltrona di Proust chair became Mendini's best-known work. It was the first in a series known as Redesigns, which brought together his academic theories on the importance of historical context for design and the significance of surface appearances in a fast-moving world.
The Proust chair was developed after Mendini stumbled across a copy of a Neo-baroque chair while researching ideas for a fabric pattern for Cassina, influenced by the work of French writer Marcel Proust. The original version of the chair was covered in a multicoloured fabric, with a pattern carried through in its hand-painted frame, enlarging and reproducing an artwork by Pointillist artist Paul Signac.
It was originally a one-off design, but its popularity led Mendini to produce variations in limited numbers.
This marble version is one of four creations by different designers produced from a single 38.7-tonne block of white marble, excavated from a quarry owned by Robot City leader Gualtiero Vanelli.
The designs "give unexpected twists to the interchange between form, function, visual appearance, ergonomics, tradition and innovation", said Robot City in a statement.
"Each of them enhanced the expressive and functional potential of this ancient, fascinating material, transforming it into advanced contemporary expressions according to their personal style and language."
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