An Eames Classic, Remade With Needlepoint

Furniture & Lighting

Screen shot 2014-04-21 at 3.01.07 PMCalling it “a local tattoo applied onto a universal design,” Spanish designer Alvaro Catalán de Ocón has conceived of a novel way to reinterpret a Mid-Century classic: via the Victorian art of needlepoint.

The designer sought a way to transform a globally recognized object into a local, hand-crafted item, and settled upon the Eames Aluminum Chair, manufactured by Vitra, as his object of reinterpretation. Recognizing that the chair’s mesh fabric lent itself beautifully to “a non aggressive and reversible intervention,” Alvara placed the chair in the hands of a local needlepoint artisan to painstakingly hand stitch an incongruously old-fashioned floral composition into the otherwise unadorned skin of the modernist icon.

One can only guess at what Charles and Ray Eames, masters of experimentation themselves, would have thought of Alvaro Catalán de Ocó’s old/new juxtapositon, but we’re willing to bet they wouldn’t have minded one bit.

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    May 2, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Where do I get a chair like this?

    • Promila Shastri

      May 5, 2014 at 3:25 am

      At the moment, this is a concept only, but feel free to contact the designer (see editorial for his website address) for details ;)

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