marni: 100 chairs made by colombian ex prisoners marni: 100 chairs made by colombian ex prisoners
may 08, 2012

marni: 100 chairs made by colombian ex prisoners

  marni: 100 chairs made by colombian ex prisoners

 

 

 

using salvaged materials, colombian craftsmen worked together with milan-based fashion house marni to create ‘100 chairs’, an outdoor furniture collection consisting of 80 chairs, 10 deckchairs and 10 tables in 20 colors, 7 models and 21 variations. concrete reinforced bars form the frame of each piece while colored PVC plastic pipes are woven for the seats and backrests. the patterns and colors of were all personally picked by marni staff.

marni 100 chairs designboom ‘sofa’ 140 x 70 x 70 cm (55 x 28 x 28 inches)

 

 

the production of the chairs was done in the south american country’s city of san gil as part of a rehabilitation program set up by antonio. having experienced the harshness of imprisonment himself, antonio leads a studio where craftsmen as well as former inmates work together to produce the iron and plastic pieces.

marni 100 chairs designboom ‘playera’ 200 x 60 x 70 cm (79 x 24 x 28 inches)

 

 

the project was for milan design week 2012, where the chairs were sold at the marni boutique at via della spiga 50 during the event. as part of the initiative, photographer and filmmaker francesco jodice made a collection of images of the marni staff sitting in the chairs for ‘l’arte del ritratto’. all the proceeds made from the sales went to the ICAM institute in milan, an organization which enables the children of imprisoned mothers to spend their first years in a family environment more fitting for their growth.

(left) mesedora 70 x 100 x 110 cm (28 x 39 x 43 inches) (right) comedor 75 x 50 x 110 cm (28 x 20 x 43 inches)

(left) sala (right) sala in green, yellow, cyan and violet version  80 x 70 x 90 cm (31 x 28 x 35 inches)

color variations of the outdoor furniture 

l’arte del ritratto by francesco jodice

chairs being made in colombia

the workshop

process video of craftsmen building the chair

  • Wo kann man diese tollen Stühle kaufen? erbitte Antwort

    herzlchen Dank, H.Sebald

  • CONGRATULATION to all envolved in the Colombian proyect as well as the great idea of passing on the economic result to a great social cause.
    Just a small sugestion, or correction, if you will. In the main page at the beguining Colombia is missspelled – Columbia. A mistake offten made.

    Bogotá, Colombia

    Daniel Gómez says:
  • I\’m on the same page as Daniel, it´s Colombia and not Columbia; and San Gil not San Jil!

    Ana says:
  • Where’s my chair ya flaming drongos?

    Mark "Chopper" Read says:
  • e…RUD…ite
    missing the point!!! Colombia or Columbia what ever…G8 project…G8 work

    Walaadimir says:
  • so beautiful! but they remember the collection Shadowly by Moroso, designed by Tord Boontje some years ago and made in Africa..
    and the film with portraits by Jodice with people staying… is like Marina Abramovich’s performance The Artist is present … now celebrated in Milan with many expositions…

    nora says:
  • This is vernacular design not made or think by designers, it remember the Moroso collection few years ago because the Moroso collection was inspired from this kind of chairs, almost all Latin-American countries has variations of the same idea from Mexico, Colombia, Cuba, Brazil, as well theres some big influence of Africa, South America is linked strongly with Africa.

    mil says:
  • OK, thanks @Mil, I was wondering why they look so familiar to traditional coastside Mexican chairs. So it is a Latin American style. Anyway, it’s a great project. 🙂

    Claudia says:

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