Breaking the Mold
Mark McMenamin -- Interior Design, 9/1/2009 12:00:00 AM
Their worlds have overlapped for decades, but designer Vladimir Kagan and Ralph Pucci International never actually collaborated. Until now. "Kagan and I were in L.A. when he showed me chair sketches from the '50's," Ralph Pucci says. "I thought it was a perfect idea to use our mannequin workshop to produce one." Within a week, Kagan made a miniature clay mock-up. Pucci then had a full-scale clay model sculpted to form the plaster mold, which was ultimately cast in fiberglass. "Working in a pliable material was a totally liberating experience after making wooden substrata and fleshing them out in soft upholstery," Kagan says.
The finished Fiberglass chair already graced the windows of New York's Saks Fifth Avenue to promote Pucci's 192-page career retrospective, Show, but officially bows in October uptown at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. The chair will then be offered in a limited edition of approximately 100. 212-633-0452; ralphpucci.net. circle 423
Sanding the interior of the plaster mold prepared it for fiberglass to be hand-laminated inside.