The chair is a metaphor of a large comfortable womb and recalls ancient statues of fertility goddesses. However, it has something extra: a spherical ottoman tied to the armchair. Therefore, the image of comfort and convenience is combined with a more figurative image of a woman with a ball and chain on her foot.
Gaetano Pesce explains the project as follows: “At that time, I was telling a personal story about my concept of women: I believe that women have always been unwilling prisoners of themselves. This is why I decided to give this armchair the shape of a woman with a ball and chain, a traditional image of a prisoner.”
The chair consists of a molded monoblock of foam without any supporting structure since the “foam rubber” is dense and free-standing. The finished piece of furniture is covered with an elastic nylon jersey. This oversized chair with its bit of whimsy and lady like features make it a huge statement piece if I’ve ever seen one.