The latest to join forces with Dior is Philippe Starck. The renowned designer recently reimagined the Dior’s Louis XVI Medallion chair by creating 24 interpretations of it for the French brand’s presentation at Milan Design Week 2022.
The chair will debut in an ethereal and cavernous theater below Milan’s Palazzo Citterio, an iconic 18th-century edifice located in the heart of the city. As stated by numeromag.nl, it has been reinterpreted with clean lines, marked by modernity exalted by the lightness of aluminum – chosen for its nobility and durability.
Three of its models are unveiled, one with the usual two armrests, one with none, and the last with only a singular armrest. To match the luxury of the event, the chair will be presented in polished or satinated black chrome, pink copper, or gold.
Commenting on the reinterpretation, Philippe Starck said, ‘Some have been looking for the perfect sheath dress all their lives; I, on the other hand, have always dreamed of the perfect chair. This icon of perfection clearly exists in our collective subconscious, in the form of the Louis XVI Medallion chair and its magical oval, one of the symbols of the Maison Dior. Everything has always led me back to this chair.’
Remarking on the choice of material, he further added, ‘The choice of aluminum was obvious: it is a noble material, a result of men’s intelligence: recyclable and very light.’ Meanwhile, he was drawn to the pale rose copper for its softness, black chrome as an embrace of technology, and gold for its sacred connotations.
The Miss Dior chairs, as they are also called, can be viewed between now to the 12th of June at the lower level of the Palazzo Citterio.