We have officially entered the realm of designer everything: Marni, the high-end Italian brand known for its offbeat prints and artsy-homely styling, has made their way into the furniture industry with a 100-piece collection of metal chairs covered by multicolored woven plastic, and they managed to do some good in the process. The fashion house designed the chairs for Salone del Mobile, a Milanese furniture fair, and worked alongside local charities to hire former Colombian prisoners to create the chairs, with the goal of helping the ex-inmates readjust to working life. The chairs were designed in order to function as props for the show, during which filmmaker Francesco Jodice will photograph employees of the brand for an exhibit. The chairs will also furnish the brand’s offices and stores around the world. They don’t exactly look like the most comfortable chairs, per se (and you can forget about taking a nap on that “sofa”), but if you must have one in your home, they’ll be available for purchase at the Marni boutique in Milan, with proceeds donated to The Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter. [Fashionologie]
Chances are, if you’re the kind of woman who kept every issue of Domino magazine, set Design*Sponge as her homepage, and has more than four pillows on her bed, you’ve lusted for a Philippe Stark Ghost chair. Crafted out of modern polycarbonate, the Louis XV Ghost chair was modeled after a baroque design — and costs upwards of $400 … womp womp. Luckily, the design has been knocked off so that common gals like ourselves can get the look at a more reasonable price. There are a number of options available on Amazon, but we’re partial to the Dymas style; its stately arms allow us to sit like queens.
Behold the Chairless, a seat strap designed to make you feel like you’re sitting in, um, a chair. The belt-like design is actually nothing new and originates from an Indian tribe in Paraguay. Looks like some design nerds just decided to make the product cuter by adding preppy color combinations (they remind us of those ribbon belts that were oh-so popular with the prepsters a few years ago). We say: perfect for outdoor summer concerts, waits in line for the latest H&M collab, or substitute furniture when you’re broke and too poor to buy a living room set. [Lost in a Supermarket] Keep reading »
Photog Terry Richardson snapped this pic of this customized chair in the Interview magazine office. [Terry’s Diary] Keep reading »