The 'Tron' armchair: a worthy throne for the Master Control Program on your grid
Inspired by the digital landscape that appears in the upcoming "Tron" movie, the armchairs were designed by New York based designer Dror Benshetrit for Cappellini in conjunction with Walt Disney Signature -- the "adult lifestyle" branch of the Disney merchandising tree, which in addition to fashion collaborations such as Sue Wong dresses and Stella McCartney jewelry, licenses things such as wallpaper, light fixtures and furniture.
The solid-looking chairs are made of hand-layered fiberglass and polyester resin and have a mix of angular and undulating lines that at first glance might remind you of the Frank Gehry designed Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles.
Each of the armchairs is hand-finished, based on a gray background and accented with varying degrees of orange and white accent colors -- the coolest-looking ones bear just a single diagonal slash of what looks like orange or white paint that looks as if it was left behind by a speeding Light Cycle.
If you like the look but not the price, you might still have a chance to jack into the grid -- plans include a mass-produced version of the chair (made from 100% recycled roto-molded plastic), which will make its official debut at the Milan International Furniture Show in April 2011.
The special production armchairs, which cost $15,000 each, were unveiled as part of Design Miami 2010 and will be on display at the Cappellini/Poltrona Frau Miami showroom, 10 N.E. 39th St., Miami, until Friday.
-- Adam Tschorn
Photo: The "Tron: Legacy" inspired armchairs were designed by Dror Benshetrit and sell for $15,000 each. They were unveiled Thursday as part of Design Miami 2010. Credit: Cappellini