Richard III Armchair by Philippe Starck for Baleri Italia
A chair with a story, Richard III Armchair was designed by the renowned Philippe Starck for an Italian power-house Baleri Italia in 1985. An armchair and a conversation piece, Richard III is a creative personification of Shakespeare’s character, much like the controversial reign of King Richard III, the intriguing design and meticulous realization of the armchair is heavily centered on duality and paradox of its namesake; traditional vs. modern, concave vs. convex, powerful vs. delicate, glorious vs. shameful. The ‘stark’ contradictions of this armchair are so complex that its mere presence in a room makes it a focal point and denotes timeless admiration.
Richard III is manufactured as a single shell molded structure in rigid structural polyurethane, finished with polyurethane enamel in matte black or metallic silver. The seat cushion is made using polyurethane and dacron, covered with black technical fabric, or black or white leather. A limited edition of 100 pieces, numbered and signed by Philippe Starck finished in Blue Klein color was produced in 2004 to celebrate Baleri Italia’s 20th birthday.
Baleri Italia was founded in1984 as a company manufacturing quality furniture with a high design content by Enrico Baleri. Through the years world known designers like Philippe Starck, Alessandro Mendini, Angelo Mangiarotti, Denis Santachiara, Hannes Wettstein, Luigi Baroli, Jeff Miller, Arik Levy, Alberto Colzani, Xavier Lust, Ilse Crawford, Bruno Rainaldi and Marcel Wanders joined the continuous technological experimentation that made Baleri Italia an innovator in materials, manufacturing techniques and product solutions. The design and manufacturing process is always ruled by the company’s philosophy that sets Man and his environment at the center of the project and by the high technical qualities of the products that make them timeless objects, suitable for a multitude of environments.
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37"W x 22"D x 36"H ; seat height: 16"