The Future of Fashion Is Wearing Iconic Chairs From the Past

The iconic Aalto stool with a chequerboard twist for the Supreme x Artek collaboration from SS17.

The Reebok and Eames collection is just one of the most the latest in a prolonged line of furnishings and manner collaborations like the Bauhaus-Archiv and Highsnobiety collaboration, the Dries Van Noten partnership with the estate of Verner Panton, Off-White and IKEA’s pairing, and the Rick Owens furniture line (not so considerably a collaboration as a spectacle). To trend fanatics like Jian DeLeon, Nordstrom’s men’s fashion and editorial director, these collaborations insert to the canon of every single brand name or designer. “People who like top quality goods or an artist’s function are likely looking for new approaches to flesh out that universe and, very best circumstance state of affairs, get their taste in interiors and all set-produced design and style validated by these types of partnerships,” he claims.

Jian likes to define culture as a gigantic bowl of spaghetti. “You begin on a person stop of a noodle, whether it is vogue, sneakers, or household furniture, and together the way you might locate issues you’re also into,” he clarifies. “That’s what these collaborations talk to, the actuality that no one particular consumer is a monolith, and folks can be into several issues at once. When two items you are passionate about occur collectively, it is a gain-get.” Jian argues that putting chairs on factors that we use is the most recent evolution of wearable art, pointing out that “people may possibly not have the area for a Wassily chair or Eames lounger, but putting on it on your upper body or the Eames dot pattern on your toes is not as huge of an financial commitment.” 

A freshly inked tattoo of the Le Corbusier Gravity Chaise Lounger.

Image: Saint Claire

A tattoo of the Wassily chair positioned on the lower arm of a different shopper.

Photograph: Saint Claire

Having said that, some fans of the Wassily chair enjoy it so a great deal, that they’re inclined to make a different form of financial commitment. San Francisco–based tattoo artist, Saint Claire, has fostered connections with other people via the accumulating and selling of household furniture. This practical experience influenced them to incorporate parts of furniture into their flash tattoo designs in February 2021, Saint added the Cesca chair, the Wassily chair, and Le Corbusier Gravity Chaise Lounger to their flash choices and has due to the fact inked a amount of iconic designer chairs on purchasers.

“It’s amazing how a structure can join you with all distinctive sorts of folks,” Saint states. “Everybody has their very own story with it and we just share those people tales when supplying tattoos. They’ll explain to me, ‘Oh, my grandma experienced this in her home,’ and we just share that special [bond] around a design. Some people say they can not have it in serious lifetime, so they have it on their human body forever. Or they by now have it in their residence, so they want to decorate their bodies with it. You’re decorating their system just like they are decorating their residence.”

A pair of buddies with matching Cesca chair tattoos by the artist Saint Claire.

Photo: Saint Claire