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August 26, 2007

Barry Bonds Edition Plus-Size Eames Chair


In today's Washington Post Style & Arts section appears the formidable creation above.

It's called the "'XLounge,' an XL version of the classic 1956 chair by Charles and Ray Eames, as reworked by Mark Wentzel, a 37-year-old artist based in Savannah, Ga."


    Why is your chair obese?

    The piece is obviously about consumption. It gives the opportunity to a particular viewer to grab their stomach and say, "Wow. That's me." I felt that this Eames chair was a crucial part of American iconography — I think it really resonates with a wide range of people. And the standard structure of the Eames lounger was conducive to expanding its upholstery. I thought of using a La-Z-Boy. But you can't easily make a La-Z-Boy any fatter than it is. You can just make it bigger.

Wentzel's "XLounge" is on display in Useless," a show of radical design objects that runs through Sept. 8 at Washington's Project 4 gallery; 202-232-4340.

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Oooooo...nice...a chair that gives cuddles...

Posted by: ScienceChic | Aug 26, 2007 3:59:42 PM

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