This is a series of 14 small Ceramic Chairs, celebrating the Proust Arm Chair.
About the original.
"The Proust Armchair - designed by Alessandro Mendini in 1978. This unique armchair represents the original meeting between handcraft and design, between classic and modern. It is part of Mendini's series of "redesigns furniture". Believing that Modern Design had reached the end of its natural life and that designers could no longer create innovative designs, Mendini "redesigned" acknowledged classics. Proust chair is inspired from the Louis XV style. Mendini was attempting to create a feel for the work of late XIX Century author Marcel Proust and used a style of chair of the period." Via: X
Original Proust Chair
Hmm, what to say, what to say.
I have mentioned before that I beleive the ceramics community has a post-Modernism problem. I really don't want to go into that here, but I mention it because of the curious use of the A&D world to use Ceramics as a commemorative medium. Like this version of the Proust Chair, or Koons Puppy Vase.
The idea that Mendini proposed of the end of originality was in 1978, which I feel is slightly prophetic as it was the year that I was born. I grew up in the world of the lack of pure originality. The rise of Hip-Hop and Appropriation. The world is turning again. Whether in Art, with the re-appropriation of appropriation. Or in music With the likes of Girl Talk and Danger Mouse, artist who exist solely in the realm of other, Never a actual note played. Yet, these two are my favorite musicians of the last 5 years.
So, I am left wondering, where are we...
I ask this of the potters too, because I honestly don't know the answer.
Via: If it's Hip It's Here