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One of Five-Piece "Malitte" Cushion System

Decorative Arts and Design

MEDIUM Plush jersey, polyurethane foam
  • Place Made: Milan, Italy
  • DATES designed 1966, manufactured ca. 1970
    DIMENSIONS 17 1/2 x 25 1/2 x 25 in. (44.5 x 64.8 x 63.5 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS no marks
    SIGNATURE no signature
    INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Knoll International, Inc.
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Five-piece "Malitte" cushion system. Five polyurethane foam forms upholstered in a plush jersey fabric: four in red and one in dark blue, the forms can be displayed together as a vertical stack, or taken apart and used as a variety of seat forms. The red pieces (.1-.4) have a flat underside, two flat sides, and two sides of varied ovoid forms. The blue piece (.5) has two flat ends and is of ovoid outline. Designed by Roberto Sebastian Matta, made by Gavina (c.1970), distributed in the United States by Knoll International, Inc. CONDITION - New.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Roberto Matta (Chilean, 1911–2002). One of Five-Piece "Malitte" Cushion System, designed 1966, manufactured ca. 1970. Plush jersey, polyurethane foam, 17 1/2 x 25 1/2 x 25 in. (44.5 x 64.8 x 63.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Knoll International, Inc., 78.128.5. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: , 78.128.1_78.128.2_78.128.3_78.128.4_78.128.5_PS2.jpg)
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