I’ve featured the Myto by Konstantin Grcic earlier. In 2008 I took this photo of a stack of Mytos and then forgot about it until I rediscovered the photo.
Without cloths is a litteral translation of Déshabillé,
However labeling it “naked chair” would be a bit too much.
“The Déshabillé armchairs played a leading role at the beginning of Draga & Aurel’s creative journey, which has long been characterized by creativity, a passion for vintage, and experimentation. Thanks to their backgrounds in fashion, textiles, and art, and like true design couturiers, Draga & Aurel reinterpreted old, salvaged items, giving them a new life.
The Déshabillé were created by literally “undressing” the original armchairs and applying “ruined” fabrics and decorative graphics, such as phrases, proverbs, or simple lettering. Distinguished by a worn and seductive look, these unconventional armchairs are silent “messengers” that reveal hidden phrases, describe the charm of the 1800s, and unveil the craft skills of upholsterers and fustians.
Handcrafted in the Atelier in Como, each piece is unique and it has a Certificate of Authenticity.”
About Draga and Aurel:
Founded in 2007 in the town of Como, Italy, Draga & Aurel is a multi-disciplinary design studio that works along the spectrum of furniture, textile and interior design.
Draga Obradovic began her career in the fashion industry, first working in London and Milan as a textile designer before eventually settling in Como. Aurel K. Basedow graduated from Milan’s Accademia di Belle Arti with a degree in Fine Arts, having previously trained as a carpenter and woodworker.
Thanks to their sympathetic methods, combined with an artist’s approach to material and composition Draga & Aurel are widely recognized for their clever reinvention of bespoke vintage design pieces. Their showing at 2009’s Salone del Mobile introduced the duo to the world stage; it followed the partnerships with Italian leather manufacturer Baxter, wallpaper brand Wall&Deco, the major American fashion retailer Anthropologie and the Italian luxury furniture company Visionnaire.
While interior projects, like Sicily’s Dimora delle Balze and Cannavacciuolo’s Café & Bistrot in Novara, have expanded their sought after aesthetic into the realm of hospitality and lifestyle.
In occasion of the 2019 Milan Design Week the design duo presented Transparency Matters, an exhibition of limited edition pieces, entirely fabricated by hand in their Como atelier. Later, Draga & Aurel have participated with a site-specific project to Nomad Circle, the showcase for contemporary art and collectible design, in the 2019 edition in Venice and in the 2020 in St. Moritz.
Via Draga & Laurel
Small Armchair by Alberto Salvati and Ambrogio Tresoldi
When you Google Alberto Salvati, the #10 of the 999 Armchair Book is not an easy find. Salvati and Tresoldi dessigned it already in 1960 for Gaffuri Eligio & sons S.n.c. (a General Partnership) which doesn’t seem to have a web presence.
Father and Daughter Chair by Rasmus Baekkel Fex
When I saw this chair my first reaction was “another chair clown”.
Out there there are several designers who, in one way or another, change a bit in a chair’s design to make a humouresque object of it. Rasmus Baekkel Fex is certainly one of them. Others are Pablo Reinoso, Helmut Palla, Robert Wilson, Janez Suhadolec, Pawel Grunert and Martino Gamper.