Miss Dior Chair & Room of One’s Own by Nika Zupanc

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Slovenian designer Nika Zupanc has referenced an essay by English writer Virginia Woolf to create a latticed writing room and furniture for French fashion house Dior.

When asked to create a piece for Dior’s Esprit – Miss Dior exhibition, Nika Zupanc used Modernist writer Virginia Woolf’s 1929 essay A Room Of One’s Own as a starting point for a small pavilion that a wearer of the Miss Dior fragrance could use to write in.

“The text has come to symbolise women’s emancipation, which detailed the material conditions that restricted women’s access to writing,” Zupanc told Dezeen. “It conveyed the idea that a woman capable of writing always needed money and space for herself.”

With this in mind, she designed a small sanctuary that a woman could use for writing books, poems and letters, or simply reflecting.

“I set out to transpose extremely feminine codes to another scale, taking things into a more serious sphere that was gigantic and impressive,” she explained. “This spawned the idea of a pavilion designed like a solitary bubble, the ideal place for dreaming, for escape, for creation.”

Raised up on pointy legs at each corner, the wooden lattice structure extends up to five and a half metres above the ground and over the space to create a small room accessed from a small set of steps.

“The simple structure in hand-extruded black meshed wood required 1400 hours of joinery work alone,” said Zupanc. “The idea was to get as close as possible to the imagery of caned furniture.”

The designer integrated Miss Dior motifs such as the bow, the pale pink colour and lattice pattern into the elements of the project. Translucent pink curtains that veil the entrance are the same colour as the perfume liquid.

These match the pink metal legs of a chair, which extend up and curve around to form the shape of a bow. A scaled-down version of the wooden lattice is used for the seat.

The chair and a simple writing desk furnish the space, with a version of Zupanc’s bell-shpaed Lolita lamp for Dutch brand Moooi in a cooper pink edition suspended above.

Zupanc was one of 15 designers and artists asked by curator Herve Mikaeloff to contribute to the exhibition celebrating the perfume, which will be shown in the Galerie Courbe at the Grand Palais in Paris from 13 to 15 November.

Read more: Nika Zupanc

Story from: Dezeen

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