In 2001, the Italian Ministry for Cultural Affairs declared Harry’s Bar in Venice a national landmark. A local for the past there decades, French designer Philippe Starck has designed a chair in recognition of one of the world's most celebrated restaurants.
A a city, Venice is anything but generic. But this new chair designed by Philippe Starck and made by Kartell is a tribute to the history of the city, the iconic Harry’s Bar and its owner Arrigo Cipriani.
A local in the city for three decades, French designer Philippe Starck has taken the Generic chair concept he developed with Kartell and applied it to a new chair that responds to the tiny cafés and bars along the canals and buried deep within the watery city.
Designed along the lines and scale of a traditional living room armchair, the Venice chair interprets the mood of the small and aristocratic Venetian bar with its thousand facets. Refined and reduced in details, the result is a chair with a lightness in form and almost a discreetness in its design approach.
“This model particularly touches me because it is a tribute to Arrigo Cipriani and his Harry’s Bar in Venice”, remarks Starck. “I have been living in Venice for 35 years and have always visited Harry’s where I see Arrigo doing the most modern thing: transforming, in a turn of the hand, this incredible urban microcosm. I watch him while he reinvents his small space, alternating rectangular tables and square tables for 2, 4, 6 up to 12 people. His secret? Small armchairs lower than all others.”
Joining the Generic family of community seating, Generic for Venice is the latest addition to the collection that includes Generic A, a chair designed for the office, and Generic C, the chair designed for bars, restaurants and public places,