Design & Graphics
by Arata Isozaki (Japanese, born 1931)
ebonized birch and leather, 55 x 21 x 20 inches
(139.7 x 53.3 x 50.8 cm)
Funds from Robert and Lisa
1998.158New World Art
known for his work as an architect, Arata Isozaki was closely
associated with the Memphis Design Group in the 1980s. His "Marilyn"
chair was inspired by the work of Scottish architect and designer
Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928), who was in turn influenced
by Japanese design. In its curved side view, the chair makes reference
to the body shape of Marilyn Monroe. The chair is constructed
of bent laminated wood and a solid beech frame. It retains its
original leather-covered upholstered seat.