Electric chairs… Need I say more? Apparently, yes, as it’s not what you probably think it is! Here, we’re talking about one good-looking showcase by Kartell – “7 Electric Chairs… As You Like It” at Teatro alla Scala in Milan:
The collection is a collaborative effort between Kartell and Robert Wilson, American director and stage designer, in celebration of Wilson’s 70th birthday. The seven chair-sculptures are made of transparent polycarbonate with white colored neon lights inserted inside.
Why 7 and why it’s the way we like it, you ask? Let’s hear it from the designer, Mr. Wilson himself:
“From the number seven. Seven days of the week. I am 70 years old, seven decades, seven deadly sins and there are many more references in philosophy, mathematics. Shakespeare’s play ‘As you like it’ contains the seven ages of man, there are seven dwarfs in Snow white and there is the soft drink 7UP. Seven has always been a number that interested me.”
The collection was on display at the “Arturo Toscanini” box foyer at the Teatro alla Scala di Milano in Milan, Italy, September 19-30.
1st image – chairs display, 2d & 3d images – chairs n1, 2, 3 & n5, 6, 7 respectively. Photos courtesy of Kartell.
Old Sparky – (In)famous Texan Electric Chair, photo by Kayt Sukel .
Electric chairs are not my favorite subject. Alas they are a fact of life. The blog wouldn’t be complete without a couple of electric chairs.
When a friend of mine announced via twitter she was to visit a Texan Jail museum, the Texas Prison Museum in Huntsville, Texas, USA, with a real electric chair in it, I asked her to make a photo of it for this blog and she gracefully obliged.
This famous (I would say infamous) electric chair was in operation for 40 years, between 1924 and 1964, and had 361 people killed in it.
Thank you Kayt!
I know! It’s high summer and Halloween is far away, but I had to feature Professor Mark Csele who loves to scare the kids with skeletons in an electric chair in the front porch for Halloween.
Our displays, pictured here, featured a skeleton in an electric chair. When a kid approaches the porch the system triggers and the skeleton rises out of the chair accompanied by fog, a strobe light, and loud sounds of an electrical arc. The front window featured a rear-projection video of a large tesla coil operating with large arcs streaming everywhere to complete the ‘mad scientist’ appearance (also completed by yours truly wearing a lab coat and a wig of “shocked” white hair).
Via Professor Mark Csele’s Projects Page – Halloween Scares!.
Pink electric chair by Ivan Navarro, 2006
Pink fluorescent light bulbs, painted aluminium and electrical fixtures. This work is from an edition of three.
ESTIMATE £15,000-20,000 â™
SOLD AT £34,850
PROVENANCE Roebling Hall, New York
via Phillips de Pury & Company.