As someone who waited in an online queue for 4 hours (ahem) for the Marni for H&M collection, one of the things firmly on my agenda for Milan was the Marni chairs installation, especially as it had a charitable connection.
The collection of one hundred PVC chairs were designed by the Marni team and based on a traditional Colombian model. They were produced by Colombian ex-prisoners as part of a project to re-integrate them into society and the proceeds from the sale of this collection will be donated to ICAM Milan, a charity that supports children of imprisoned mothers.
The chairs are part of the L’Arte del Ritratto project by Francesco Jodice, in which the chairs are used as a backdrop for portraits of Marni staff which will later be exhibited in Marni boutiques around the world.
Now, can we all just pause for a second here and pay special attention to the photos, please. For the first time, the snaps are all mine. I did take about a hundred others trying (and failing) to create “artistic” shots through the railings (to reflect the fact they were made my prisoners, see) however I’ve played it safe with these Instagram-med ones.
To see more about the chairs (and watch the slick video) here.