The Mademoiselle Chair

The Mademoiselle Chair

Janel Laban
Apr 10, 2006

We saw the lovely Mademoiselle Chair and felt instantly transported
to some glamorous ladies lounge in 1970's Paris. Alas, in reality we were standing in the newly-opened 650 sq. ft. Kartell shop inside Marshall Fields State Street, which isn't bad either.

There is something special about this Philippe Starck designed armchair: it is simultaneously retro and modern, humorous and ultra feminine. It has a very appropriate name.

The charm has much to do with the patterned fabrics - the solids are not nearly as intriguing. Our favorites, the earthy/b&w Missoni prints and the candy-bright blue and red Chinese florals just sing when combined with the clear acrylic legs.

Our conclusion: this chair is a study in opposites. The combinations of fabric and plastic, softness and hardness, opaque pattern and transparent simplicity are what make it beautiful.

Available at Kartell in Marshall Fields, State Street.

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