“Capitello” Chair, Studio 65, 1972


The Capitello Chair is a Pop-Art Icon and the founders of Studio 65, Franco Audrito and Piero Gatti designed it as an answer to the scepticism of the younger generation to the establishment. The Greek Ionic capital and column, a traditional Icon of high culture is transformed into a chair. The fallen pillar is soft instead of marble and is surprisingly comfortable. The “Capitello” became an international cult object in 1972 with the landmark MOMA New York exhibition; Italy: “The New Domestic Landscape” It combines humor with sociopolitical critique. This version dates from the 1980’s and is made of Polyurethane foam, latex rubber containing paint. It is in very good condition with only a few light stains. This particular chair (no.14) was exhibited at the stedelijk Museum Den Bosch “De laatste avant-garde. Radicaal design in Italië 1966 – 1988” in 2017. Literature: Michael Collins. Towards Post-Modernism: Design Since 1851. London, 1987, p. 128, fig. 135. Miriam Stimpson. Modern Furniture Classics. New York, 1987, p. 156, ill. (color), calls it “The Ionic” and dates it 1972. Charlotte Fiell and Peter Fiell. 1000 Chairs. Cologne, 1997, p. 491, ill. (color). Jane Adlin in “Recent Acquisitions: A Selection, 2002–2003.” Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 61 (Fall 2003), pp. 50–51, ill. (color).
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