Life imitates art

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Moroso has released 30 table-and-chair sets based on Libeskind’s seating.

Moroso has released 30 table-and-chair sets based on Libeskind’s seating. Image: Gianni Antonial

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An angled view of the set.

An angled view of the set. Image: Gianni Antonial

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The installation involved participants sorting  grains of rice from lentils for six hours in a row.

The installation involved participants sorting grains of rice from lentils for six hours in a row. Image: Saverio Lombadri

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Here’s a story with a lot of heavy hitting names. First up, Marina Abramović, the performance artist renowned for installations that test human endurance. (One of her most famous pieces, The Artist is Present, performed by Abramović at MoMA in New York in 2010, saw her sit at a table, without moving, all day every day for three months.) Next, Daniel Libeskind, the acclaimed Polish-American architect, who designed, with the help of Patrizia Moroso and her eponymous furniture brand, a bench for Abramovic’s most recent artwork, Counting the Rice. The installation, which debuted during Milan Design Week in April 2014, involved participants sitting on Libeskind’s prototype to sort grains of rice from lentils for six hours in a row.

Now, Moroso, which produces pieces by designers Patricia Urquiola, Tom Dixon and Marcel Wanders, has released 30 beautiful table-and-chair sets based on Libeskind’s seating. Proceeds from the sales of the concrete furniture (left) will help Abramović fund a building in which to teach art on her property in New York.


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