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Fashionable Chairs for a Cause from Marni

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Fashionable Chairs for a Cause from Marni

Francesca Connolly December 03, 2012

We've been admiring our favorite fashion designer's line of wildly pattered woven chairs for a while now; if you're heading to Miami for Art Basel this week, you'll be able to see (and purchase) the chairs at the Marni store for $300 each.

The limited edition line of chairs is part of an exhibit called L'Arte del Ritratto, a collaboration with photographer Francesco Jodice. Produced in Colombia by ex-convicts re-assimilating into social and professional life, the chairs feature Marni's distinctive and sometimes radical color blocking palettes. The collection of arm, side, lounge, and rocking chairs (there are side tables as well) features a metal frame covered by an intricate latticework of multi-colored PVC threading. The chairs are common in traditional Colombian households, but Marni has reinterpreted them through the use of a new weaving process and color combinations.

N.B.: The chairs will be sold in Marni’s Miami store and the funds raised from the sales will be donated to the Service Network for Children of Inmates. Go to Art Basel for more information.

Above: A trio of chairs in the Milan home of Carolina Castiglione, daughter of Marni designer Consuelo Castiglione; to see more of her house, go to the NY Times. Photo by Emma Hardy.

Above: A settee from the line.

Above: The chairs feature Marni's distinctive colorblock patterning.

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