Chroma Key Chair and Table by Minale Maeda for Droog
Chroma Key chair and table, striped navy/gray upholstery over wood. Modern, minimal design made of seemingly inserted components but actually all one piece. These are one of a kind prototypes made for the Chroma Key show at Droog Design Gallery in 2008. This set was later remade in a limited run of 3.
Provenance: Droog, Las Vegas | Converso Modern, Chicago
Chair measures 20.5" deep x 18" wide x 31" high and has a seat height of 16.75"
Table is 27.25" wide x 27.75" deep x 14.5" high
In Very good condition with light wear to chair top and minute stains to inside box lip of chair (see pictures).
From the Droog website:
"Chroma Key is a set of furniture pieces upholstered in blue fabric. The colour refers to the fabric used for the blue-box effect in photography and cinematography, allowing a subject to be placed into any background. The fabric is a rendition of a classic upholstery pattern, creating the tone of blue through a moiré effect of white and blue stripes.
Designers Minale-Maeda took the influence of visual culture on the design of objects as a starting point. Particularly image editing, packaging and the reproduction of objects in the media intrigued them.The blue colour and boxy shapes, the protruding features and the moiré effect: the generic shapes of Chroma Key, reclusive of their content, readily manipulated and noisy, reveal the side-effects of the visual, turning familiar objects into obscure blue boxes.
Japanese born Kuniko Maeda and Italian born / German brought-up Mario Minale met at the Design Academy Eindhoven, after previously studying at Musashino Art University in Tokyo and in Germany respectively. They formed a design studio in 2005 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands."