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The Marilyn Chair

By Arata Isozaki
Architecture / Design

Posted May 14th, 2018 By Colby Mugrabi

Japanese architect Arata Isozaki is internationally known as the creative mind behind prominent stateside structures such as the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles, completed in 1986, and the Team Disney building in Orlando, Florida, completed in 1990, as well as global sites such as the Art Tower Mito in Japan and the Allianz Tower, a newly opened skyscraper in Milan. Like most prominent architects, Isozaki employs his technique and skill set not only towards the creation of large-scale projects, but also in the context of furniture design.

One of Isozaki’s most celebrated works is titled the “Marilyn” side chair; the unique design of the black-stained birch wood seating apparatus, first produced in 1983, was inspired by the body of Marilyn Monroe. The high back and fluid curves of Isozaki’s design was achieved for the purpose of rendering Monroe’s curvaceous figure. It’s moderately convex and concave back, is offset by the chair’s trapezoidal seat, creating a complimentary interaction of fluid and geometric forms mimicking elements present throughout a number of Isozaki’s most acclaimed architectural projects.

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