Inspired by the classic Bergère armchairs , Philippe Starck designed Richard III, ironic armchair, as a gift to president Mitterand for the reading room in his apartment in the Elysèe Palace. Matt black or metallic silver Armchair with completely molded structure in rigid structural polyurethane, painted with polyurethane enamel. Cushion in expanded polyurethane and dacron, covered with fabric, technical fabric, leather, synthetic leather, customer leather or customer fabric.
The Richard III armchair was designed by Philippe Starck in 1985 and produced by Baleri Italia.
Born in Paris in 1949. At the age of twenty he became the art director of Cardin. At the age of twenty-seven, after a period spent in the United States, he returned to Paris where he designed two nightclubs, Main Bleue and Bains Douches, as well as the Café Costes and the private apartment of President Mitterrand at the Elysée, becoming one of the most famous “new designers” on the international scene. He designed the École Nationale des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Overseas, he designed the Kansai Yamamoto showroom in Sapporo, the Manin restaurant and the Café Mystique in Tokyo, the Royalton and Century Paramount hotels in New York and the Delano Hotel in Miami. He designs furniture, lamps, scales, televisions, clocks, suitcases, vases, kitchen utensils, scooters, handles. In 1984 he started working with Baleri Italia, one of the first company to industrialize his projects, launching him in the product design world.
Baleri Italia, founded by Enrico Baleri and Marilisa Decimo in the 1984, is the iconic brand of the 20th Century the years of sobriety and rigor of forms/functions, the ultimate expression of a certain pragmatic and unattainable design idea; in pursuit of the perfect, non-obsolete, non-flashy, consistent and international object. Evergreen objects and collections, signed by great masters and newcomers who then became the references in terms of style, giving life to a classical-contemporary universe that now has found its vitality, production, communication and commercial strength.