The Peacock chair became the Emanuelle Chair In the 1970s. This throne-like chair with a massive back made of rattan, became a tool for being sexy after the release of the film and the poster-image for the rated X movie Emanuelle; in which the lead-actress Sylvia Kristel posed topless in such a chair. (She did that, or had to, for many years to come.) It became an iconic image associated with sensuality and/or plain sex. Anyone who posed in a Peacock chair became sensual in an instant. And so, it those days you will find images from Julio Iglesias to Brigitte Bardot in a Peacock chair. Amazing!
1976 Summer Fashion By Couture Designers 1976 Summer Fashion By Couture Designers. EMMANUELLE’ chez CHANEL: Dans un fauteuil en rotin, Sylvia Kristel, héroïne des deux ‘EMMANUELLE’, pose en studio, vêtue d’une robe longue en mousseline rose pâle dont le haut est surpiqué, parée d’un gilet à manche longues, en guipure blanche, rehaussée de motifs jaune d’or. Prise de vue de face sur fond orange vif. (Photo by Jean-Claude Deutsch/Paris Match via Getty Images)
Photo by Francis Giacobetti, 1974
PHOTO magazine may 2067, Photo by Francis Giacobetti, 1974
Exotic Morticia Addams Chair
For people who were old enough to watch TV in the 1960s: you know the chair probably as being linked to the The Addams Family tv series. Mom Morticia Addams sat in one all the time. If you were born in the early 1900’s the peacock chair would have an exotic connotation to it as well, For the first time western culture came in touch with Asian design and materials.There lies the origins of the peacock chair: to be specific in the Philippines.
The Lazy Modernist is an easy chair made with mobile elements, designed/made by Atelier Van Lieshout and Lensvelt: so it is Dutch Design, and like most designs from The Netherlands it’s fun! Mind you this is contract furniture: made for the office.
image by mimi berlin made in Voorschoten, The Netherlands
Gadget on planter (plastic on plastic)
Toad armchair, 1968 Polyester resin 30,3 x 44 x 36,2 inches Édition Résine d’Art O. Haligon
Mimi Berlin started using Instagram (@mimiberlin_amsterdam) on a frequent basis a whiile ago. Due to that fact we forget to post the images we make ourselves on this blog. Which, to us, is a shame, since we intend to keep this blog forever and make it our own encyclopedia. The first two images are made by us, the last one is the toad chair designed by Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne. (image via jousse-entreprise.com)
People sometimes ask of us; what is it that you do Mimi Berlin? You keep posting these random images with equally random topics…. Well, we answer, we read these images. Just as important; we edit them, not with Photoshop, but we like to combine images to create new visions or ideas, or to ‘write down’ what’s in our minds, so we don’t forget.
Installation by Tessa Koot at the Dutch Design Week 2016
That’s what this little nook at the ‘Maarten Baas Makes Time‘ exhibition was named: Installation. We, at Mimi Berlin, loved it all! (We always love us some vintagedeluxe, y’all know that!) But the chair especially caught our fancy! The glamorous chair with a face is designed by Tessa Koot. Make sure to check out her website: tessakoot.nl
On the left; Comme des Garçons Homme Plus, Spring 2016 (view collection HERE on style.com)
Needless to say we love the outfit!!
Our Friend Petronella made this Mimicry design for an easy chair, in the same (or nearly similar fabric), for a residential home in 2010. Petronella called it “The Hunt”