DIOR / MÉDALLION CHAIR
In her world, colors are flamboyant, materials are sensual, and lines are often curved. Architect and designer, India Mahdavi creates cosmopolitan and joyful atmospheres. With her feminine and intense, almost organic signature, she reinterprets the Louis XVI-style medallion chair in a contemporary, multicultural dialogue. Reupholstered, the object is adorned with vivid shades, contrasting with the iconic Dior gray it traditionally sports. Through this subtle clash of “polychrome and polyglot” – two adjectives she likes to use to define her work – the French designer of Iranian-Egyptian origin offers this emblem of classicism an unprecedented blend. She has favored a wool crochet technique to develop colorful patterns – each time different – on sublime embroideries, made with Indian craft techniques from Kashmir. Unique and singular, these five chairs form “a united tribe despite their individuality,” in her words, celebrating the meeting of art and savoir-faire that the house holds dear.