04 March 2011

I'm not that innocent

This is the Innocenza, also by Andre de Benedetto for Desart. I have to say that innocent is about the last thing that comes to mind after looking at this thing.


Here's the gobbledygook description from the catalog:
Innocenza is a chair that with its harmonious and welcoming form, is a warm lap to curl up in, a soutane you can hide under for a while.

Its lines are similar to the Luigi Filippo furniture of the late 1800s, but the iconographic reference that immediately comes to mind is without a doubt the bohemian atmosphere of a joyous Moulin Rouge.

Innocenza, in fact, is immediately female. A joyous and liberal ballerina in her pirouettes, who does not hide a resolutely intriguing soul.

The lace is provocative. A sensual guêpière beautifies it, so that it’s almost as though you can see a slender bust below the neck that flows down to the concave and fluid back.
Here's the "fluid" back it references.


Look, I'm no prude but really?

29 comments:

  1. Your blog is making me giggle today! Someone took a long time to write that gobbledygook. It's hard to describe a chair that looks like a fat bum.

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  2. That gobbledygook's not helped by the bad translation from Italian. I wonder if it makes more sense in the original.

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  3. That designer doesn't date much.

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  4. Either that or he started out as a set designer for "Showgirls."

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  5. I've never seen a ballerina like that, especially one who pirouettes.
    Gross. Visually and verbally.

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  6. Making objects into women, the next step after making women into objects?

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  7. Ain't no misogyny like Italian misogyny.

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  8. Ewww! Talk about Crouching Woman, Hidden Pickle. Ballerina? No. Stripper on her way to porn? Yes.

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  9. I don't get ballerina at all but I do see the Moulin Rouge thing.

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  10. When a furniture designer comes up with something like this,does he expect it to sell or is it just an attempt to get attention?

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  11. Combine that with the beaver in Bob's latest post and, well ... aw hell, I'm sorry. It's Friday.

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  12. That's what I told Bob on Facebook this morning. Great minds Arne, great minds.

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  13. As a PR person, I'm keenly aware of when my product write-ups cross over into gobbledygook. It's a dark and shameful place, my friends. I try my best not to dwell there too long.

    Regarding this peep show of a chair, if it was in my house, I would feel compelled to cover it with a throw when guests came over. Don't want my friends all up in my chair's biznass.

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  14. An additional thought - don't buy if you have teenage boys at home. You'll never get them out of the living room!

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  15. I wonder if it has a slipcover/ bathrobe that matches it.

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  16. If there was a TV just above the chair when you are looking at the back of it, it would be the perfect seating arrangement.

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  17. This shit upsets me. That designer should be taxed heavily for crimes against our natural resources.

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  18. I Googled the designer and looky here "...he studied Industrial Design at the Royal College of Art in London, where he was immediately in the spotlight due to his interest in experimenting with new materials."

    You've gotta be kidding me... Paul, I may have to stop reading your blog because at this time of night, I could really rip all kinds of holes into designers like that AND the bloody RCA - it's just a f--ing brand!

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  19. I'm sorry! I was just trying to be amusing. :)

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  20. I don't think even John Waters would have this in his house. He's not that weird.

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  21. Maybe I'm mistaken, but can't you see the outline of a whale tail when zoom in on that shot of the backside of this chair?

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  22. I claim innocence points. The first picture only made me think of the dancing chicken carcass in Sledgehammer. The last one reminded me to book a gynae appointment.
    But unless there is a meaning of soutane peculiar to designers (or translators?), the suggestion of curling up under one is simply disgusting.

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  23. I'm willing to chalk up soutane peculiar to a bad translation but what the devil is a guêpière? I can definitely see the Sledgehammer allusion and the gynae connection is makeing me laugh. Thanks for that.

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  24. Guipure -- it's a type of lace.

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  25. This is a design that is wrong on every level, really. Most people will react to the blatant misogyny--and should, frankly--but the other aspect of it is just this type of design in general, the type of design that attempts to make of a chair a “real show piece” for the room. I firmly believe that a chair should quietly do its job and should be designed to blend into the room in which it resides. If it calls attention to itself, it belongs in another room. And sometime like this… Oh, Lord, it is just wrong on so many levels. Who on Earth would want such a thing? And think of all the raw materials that have been consumed to produce…. THIS! I was going to write more, but I can’t. I have to lay down with a wet washrag on my forehead for half an hour or so.

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  26. Female form without the inconvenience of it being on an actual woman? How.. handy? Eesh, surprised they didn't use a furry material in place of the lace fabric on the back rest. Or would that be too 70s?

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