Blow Inflatable Armchair
Paolo Lomazzi, Donato D'Urbino, Jonathan De Pas
(Italian, born 1936), (Italian, born 1935), (Italian, 1932–1991)
1972. Pvc plastic, Inflated: 33 x 47 1/8 x 40 1/4" (83.8 x 119.7 x 102.9 cm)
The Blow Inflatable Armchair, designed by Jonathan De Pas, Donato D’Urbino, and Paolo Lomazzi, is the first mass-produced inflatable chair. This icon of 1960s Pop furniture embodies the revolutionary spirit of its time. It is a youthful, playful expression of the free, casual lifestyle and culture of ephemerality associated with this period. Executed in candy-colored plastic, it was far more affordable than other contemporary works of “high-style” Italian design.
Air pumped into the PVC (polyvinylchloride) skin gives it its form. Without the air, this chair would be like a large, deflated balloon. In its deflated state, the chair is soft and pliable. In a fully inflated state, it becomes more solid and can support weight.
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A term applied to many natural and synthetic materials with different forms, properties, and appearances that are malleable and can be molded into different shapes or objects.
Polyvinyl chloride, abbreviated PVC, is a common type of plastic often used in clothing, upholstery, electrical cable insulation, and inflatable products.
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A movement comprising initially British, then American artists in the 1950s and 1960s. Pop artists borrowed imagery from popular culture—from sources including television, comic books, and print advertising—often to challenge conventional values propagated by the mass media, from notions of femininity and domesticity to consumerism and patriotism. Their often subversive and irreverent strategies of appropriation extended to their materials and methods of production, which were drawn from the commercial world.
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