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"Marilyn" Side Chair

Architecture, Design & Graphics
"Marilyn" Side Chair
by Arata Isozaki (Japanese, born 1931)
Japan, 1988
ebonized birch and leather, 55 x 21 x 20 inches
(139.7 x 53.3 x 50.8 cm)
Funds from Robert and Lisa Kessler
1998.158New World Art

Primarily 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.


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