Armchair P – Marcel Collection
- Designer:Kazuhide Takahama
Paradisoterrestre Edition 2018
First production: Gavina spa, 1965
Materials: shaped polyurethane, polished aluminum brackets, removable wool fabric manufactured by Kvadrat
Dimensions: cm W 80 D 88 H 65 | in W 31,5 D 34,6 H 25,6
The Marcel collection, a seating system developed in 1965, was a tribute by Dino Gavina to Marcel Duchamp, his dear friend. Sofas, armchairs and pouf designed by the architect Kazuhide Takahama, are the result of the fruitful and longlasting artistic collaboration with Gavina.
This new type of modular system, based on a never-ending number of possible combinations in space, was unknown to the traditional definition of furniture and based on large shaped polyurethane blocks supported by aluminium brackets. Starting from the pouf in its elementary form, Takahama designed a series of complementary elements that combined functional as well as figurative needs, reinventing both the form of the seats and their supports.
The production of the Marcel collection fits with originality in the design of the 60s and has long influenced the Pop aesthetic, thus affirming creativity but also methodological rigour and industrial innovation. Takahama’s aim was the search for a lasting quality in the long run together with a timeless original form.