"Bon Bon Gold" chair, from the "Personal Editions" series

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the designer by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    Marcel Wanders's reputation for applying unexpected twists to high-end archetypes of furniture is fully present in his Bon Bon Gold chair, which combines crocheted rope--a process with traditional, home-spun associations--with a compact rounded shape. Continuing in the vein of his other woven rope-and-resin pieces, such as the Crochet (2006), Fishnet (2001) and Knotted (1996) chair models, the Bon Bon chair reflects Wanders's own postmodern sensibilities, in which he subverts a candy-colored pop art aesthetic, with lightness, versatility, and formal sophistication. Referring to himself as "a showman," the Dutch Wanders often works with recognizable design forms and tropes – in this case Eero Aarnio’s Pastil chair (1967) – replacing the glossy fiberglass finish of the original with an almost anti-modern textile. Having previously paid homage to Aarnio with the brocaded dog-shaped Courage chair (2006), the present piece is typical of Wander’s work with the conceptual Droog Collective, and the equally inventive design firm he co-founded with Casper Vissers in 2001, Moooi.

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"Bon Bon Gold" chair, from the "Personal Editions" series

2010
Crocheted rope coated with epoxy resin and precious metal.
21 1/4 x 41 3/4 x 41 3/4 in. (54 x 106 x 106 cm)
Number 8 from the edition of 20 plus 2 artist's proofs. Base with metal label impressed with designer's facsimile signature and 8 / 20.

Estimate
$20,000 - 30,000 

sold for $81,250

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New York Auction 6 June 2019